The first public meeting of the Irish Bass Protection and Awareness Group will be held on Saturday 27th January 2007 in the Stillorgan Park Hotel in Dublin. The meeting will begin between 12.30pm and 1.00pm.

Please email – info (at) irishbass (dot) org – to register your interest in attending this meeting.

The Irish Bass Protection and Awareness Group was formed in response to the decline of European Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) in Irish coastal waters. Despite the bye-laws and regulations that have existed to protect bass in Ireland since 1990, scientific evidence shows that stock levels remain severely depleted. The Irish Bass Protection & Awareness Group believe that illegal commercial fishing for bass (poaching), supported by clandestine illegal trading, poses the greatest threat to the survival of Bass in Irish coastal waters.

Their aims are to:-

  • Raise awareness of the threat to Irish Bass among anglers, commercial interests, consumers and the wider public
  • Argue for greater enforcement of existing Bass bye-laws and regulations
  • Ensure that suitable bye-laws and regulations remain in place to protect Irish Bass and facilitate the recovery of stock levels
  • Cooperate with official state bodies and representative organisations to further our of knowledge of Bass in Irish coastal waters
[Comment – BASS hopes that any bass angler, who fishes in Ireland, will support the Irish Bass Protection & Awareness Group – more information]