Big response to bass consultation

Over 2000 people responded to Defra’s consultation on proposals to increase the number and size of bass available to the commercial and angling sector.

Ben Bradshaw, Fisheries Minister said:

“I am really pleased that so many people have responded to the bass consultation. The high response rate is an indication of the strength of feeling about this issue and I thank everyone who took the time to contribute.

There will now be a careful analysis of the information provided and once this has been completed I will let everyone know what the next steps will be.”

The consultation sought views on an increase in the minimum landing size of bass from 36cm to 45 cm and a corresponding increase in the minimum mesh size for enmeshing nets targeting bass from 90mm to 105mm.

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