BASS meets with Welsh Fisheries Minister about the bass MLS Consultation
On Wednesday 13th September 2006, at his invitation, representatives of BASS met the Welsh Fisheries Minister, Carwyn Jones, in Cardiff and had a very productive meeting.
Also present were representatives from the Federation of Sea Anglers from both North and South Wales, who fully supported an increase of the bass mls to 45cms and the Bass Management Plan (BMP).
A very full and useful dialogue took place covering the benefits of increasing the bass MLS to 45cms, as well as, the other conservation tools contained within the BMP, to address the massive problem of black fish landings, netting and trawling around the coast of Wales.
BASS were able to provide vital evidence on the life-cycle, reproduction and distribution of bass, as well as relate to the Minister the downward trend in the size of fish. Also how dangerous it is to rely on each year class to be fished hard, once they enter the fishery at 36cm, when they are still immature fish.
The Minister was more than aware of the socio-economic values, and the benefits to tourism in particular.
The decision on the bass MLS will be made public by the Minister, in the middle of October 2006.