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Bass Bag Limit Hopes Confirmed As Estimates of Recreational Removals Are Slashed

29.06.18

Bass Bag Limit Campaign Image - June 2018

Hopes of re-establishing a bag limit for bass this year took a leap forward today when revised scientific advice was published estimating a whopping 87 per cent decrease in the estimated impact of recreational fishing in 2016 compared to the figures published last year.

Scientists are now estimating recreational removals from 2016 were only 212t compared to 1627t estimated last year which lead to a ban on keeping any recreationally-caught bass at all in 2018.

The Angling Trust is now calling on all anglers to get behind the campaign to re-establish a bag limit as soon as possible for the remainder of 2018. 

David Mitchell, Head of Marine at the Angling Trust, said: "Members of the public wishing to take a bass they’ve caught home for dinner have suffered this year as a result of a massive overestimate by scientists about the impact they were having on bass. Now the truth has come out and it’s absolutely critical that anglers’ voices are heard by EU policy makers – we want to be able to keep bass for the table this year and we want it now! Get behind the campaign today and get bass justice now."

ICES has also published its advice for 2019 which the Angling Trust will be considering over the coming days.

More details to follow soon.

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