January 2017: New restrictions on bass fishing

The European Union has now published the Official Journal for fishing opportunities in 2017.

Click here to view the Official Journal

Within this document Article 9 (page 11) states the new regulation on fishing for bass.
(please note there may be  other restrictions outside of our district)

For Commercial fisheries

Only those vessels with a proven track record will be authorised to retain bass.

The MMO will write to those licensees who are authorised. If you do not have authorisation you must return any bass to sea immediately.  

If you have any questions on this process please contact your MMO administrative office. 

MMO Hayle:01736 362805
MMO Plymouth: 01752 228001
MMO Brixham: 01803 853383


Subject to the authorisation the following are the only permissible gear types (please note the further restrictions).  
  • Fixed Gillnets:  May retain up to 250kg of bass per month as an unavoidable bycatch when targeting other species.
  • Hooks and Lines: May retain up to 10 tonnes of bass during period 1 January 2017- 31 December 2017. However it is prohibited to catch and retain bass with hooks and lines in February and March.
  • Demersal trawls and seines: may retain up to 3% of the total weight of marine organisms retained on-board per day as an unavoidable bycatch, up to a maximum of 400kg per month.
You may only use one authorised fishing gear per trip when retaining bass on board.
Please note, commercial fishing (including angling) for bass from the shore shall not be allowed in 2017.

Click here to see guidance from the MMO

For Recreational fisheries

From 1 January to 30 June 2017
Catch and release only
 
From 1 July to 31 December 2017
One bass per fisherman per day
 
If you think you may be affected by these new regulations and would like to clarify anything please contact us to speak to one of our fishery officers. 
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