Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society

Fighting for Bass and Bass Anglers’ since 1973

Latest ICES advice: 85% reduction in bass landings is now needed in 2016!

The long awaited advice for bass was issued today by ICES (the EU’s own scientist advising on fish stocks). They included recommendations for our area of the central and south North Sea, the Irish Sea, the English Channel, the Bristol Channel and the Celtic Sea. The ICES figures are the key data that informs us […]

New EU rule restricting commercial fishing for bass

  From 24 June 2015, two new EU rules restrict commercial fishing for bass: 1) monthly vessel catch limits (“VCL”); and 2) a ban on EU vessels fishing for bass in the waters around Ireland. The VCL are different for each métier, ranging from 1.0 tonnes a month to 3.0 tonnes a month  (see here). […]

Update: New bass landing restrictions, plus campaigning for our bass makes a difference.

Further regulations to limit total amount of bass per month that each commercial vessel can land were recently announced by the EU (see here). It also seems, that with your help, the commercial fishing sector have failed to get the proposed increase to a 42cm minimum conservation reference size (MCRS) watered down to 40cm ( […]

Europe’s seas

 In what has been a busy week regarding the EU fisheries sector, today the EEA has issued the following press release. Please click on the link to read the full article. ©EEA [European Environment Agency] Press Release   24 June 2015 Europe’s seas: productive, but not healthy or clean [The European Union’s Blue Growth agenda aims […]

Irish Bass season

Once more the Bass close season for Ireland is almost at an end.  As we near the opening day thoughts for Anglers and Bass Guides once again become anticipation of what the new season will hold for them. For much of the close season the weather was below average in air temperatures, and the month […]