Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society

Fighting for Bass and Bass Anglers’ since 1973

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).

Only time will tell if these limits will be effective: are they low enough? Will they be respected and enforced?

The Irish ban is a very welcome step, rectifying the anomaly where a previous Irish unilateral ban could only apply to Irish vessels, leaving other EU vessels free to continue catching bass around Ireland.


(Posted by David Curtis)