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New UK Bass Research Projects

Joe Dawson from the University of Essex has penned this guest blog detailing some exciting research that BASS is pleased to support. Details of how BASS members and recreational sea anglers can get involved will be released soon. A team...

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Science Group Update – September 2022

Fisheries Industry Science Partnership (FISP) scheme The FISP scheme aims to improve and share knowledge of fisheries and aquaculture by funding data collection and research to support sustainable fisheries management. This scheme is designed to foster partnerships with scientific organisations...

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Thank you to all the recreational fishers that responded to the survey that was recently circulated. Below is the response from Policy Lab received by email today. Thank you to those who took part in the co-refine survey, which is now closed. Firstly, we would like to apologise for any confusion regarding the date the survey closed. We had originally stated the survey would be open until December 4th. However, we decided to keep the survey open for a further week to maximise the number and diversity of responses. In keeping with the spirit of the project, we wanted to make sure that all stakeholder groups had a chance to participate. We updated the co-refine survey website on December 5th to read, ‘The survey deadline was extended and closes on 11 December 2022 at 23:59’. The co-refine survey generated over 450 responses, 53% from the recreational sector and 40% from the commercial sector. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey and for providing such valuable feedback on the 14 priorities. Your comments will help support our final report and the ongoing FMP process in 2023 with Defra and Welsh Government. The purpose of the survey was to co-refine stakeholders' preferences for addressing some of the main challenges of the new Sea Bass Fisheries Management Plan (FMP), listening to the many different stakeholder views. Policy Lab worked closely with Defra, Welsh Government and Cefas to ensure the outcomes of the co-design and co-refine were evidence-based and met the minimum legal requirements for an FMP, as set out in the Fisheries Act and Joint Fisheries Statement. A version of Policy Lab’s final report, outlining the process and results from our research in more detail, will be published in due course. The outcome of our study is the result of extensive research, bringing together varying voices and opinions from across the bass landscape. Although this stage of the project is the final part of Policy Lab’s work, FMP development will continue in 2023 when Defra and Welsh Government draft the Bass FMP informed by our recommendations, as well as a separate evidence workstream and conservation advice. The first draft of the full FMP will go out for public consultation in 2023, giving all stakeholders another chance to comment ahead of final publication towards the end of the year. It should be emphasised that FMP development is intended to be an iterative process, so future versions of the Bass FMP can be tailored appropriately to best manage the stock as new evidence emerges and circumstances evolve. The collaboration Policy Lab have experienced in the bass project has been excellent and we hope this will ensure that the FMP process can build on the engaging and iterative nature of this work into 2023, and beyond. We would like to thank you for your support in the bass FMP project and wish you a very Happy Christmas. Kind regards,Policy Lab ... See MoreSee Less
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