Southern IFCA . . .

The Southern IFCA is progressing it’s discussions regarding whether it ‘should’ increase the bass MLS. Though, as with any committee, these things are grindingly slow. It has recently been in touch with Graham Pickett (who has spent many years working on bass) and the relevant excerpt is

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Pressure on juvenile bass and spawning success . . .

BASS believes that the 2011 Environment Agency’s ‘Fish Monitoring in Solent & South Downs, 2011’ report (see below) provides further evidence of the poor recruitment of bass in the Solent due to the recent cold winters (high mortality of young bass) plus poor spawning in cooler summers.

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Southern IFCA consults on minimum landing sizes . . .

The Southern IFCA are currently reviewing their Byelaws (see below). As part of that process they have decided to run a series of public consultations on several Byelaws, INCLUDINGMINIMUM LANDING SIZES. The Byelaw Working Group minutes specifically mention mullet and skates and rays, but the consultation wants

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