For those collecting bass heads as part of the Essex University ‘Supper4science’ project, here’s an important update from Dr Howard Fraser.
Good afternoon everyone!
First of all I just wanted to thank you all for engaging with this work! We are now ready to share our collection plans with you all.
Heads will need to be dropped off at regional collection centres, between 13th-27th Nov, your nearest drop-off site can be found from the map I have below. If there isn’t one near you, please contact me by phone or email (see contact details below). Of course, if you are still catching fish please continue to do so and drop off within this time frame. We realise that this is a big ask and we cannot thank you enough for all your support. We will be sure to acknowledge you in resulting publications.
Heads will need to be individually bagged in a sealed freezer bag (or alike) which is labelled with the total length (tip of nose to tip of tail) and weight, if possible, as well as a rough location of where it was caught (nearest port or city will be sufficient, but the more specific the better if you are happy to provide it!). Heads that aren’t bagged cannot be accepted unfortunately due to risk of contamination. Heads will need to be dropped off on weekdays between the hours 0900-1600 – unfortunately weekends and public holidays won’t work. Drop-off centres should be contacted by phone or email at least 24hrs before you are dropping the head off to ensure that someone will be in the office when you arrive. They will give you any additional specific details when you call. I have listed contact numbers and addresses for each drop-off centre below. If you are dropping off at the Kent and Essex IFCA, they have asked that no drop-offs happen on the 21st Nov.
So in short:
1. Catch and dispatch fish
2. Measure fish and retain head – put head in a freezer bag, label, and freeze.
3. Drop off at the nearest collection point between 13th-27th Nov.
If you have any issues or questions, then don’t hesitate to email or call me on 07580 120207
List of contact details:
University of Essex – Colchester campus
School of Life Sciences, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Kent and Essex IFCA – Brightlingsea office
The Sail Loft, ShipYard Estate, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex, CO7 0AR
Kent and Essex IFCA Ramsgate office
Paragon House, Albert St, Ramsgate, CT11 9HD
Sussex IFCA – Brighton office
12a, Riverside Business Centre, Brighton Rd, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6RE
Southern IFCA – Poole office
Unit 3, Holes Bay Park, Sterte Ave W, Poole, BH15 2AA
Kingfsher Fish Market – Brixham
Kingfisher Brixham, Unit 5, Torbay Business Park, Woodview Road, Paignton, TQ4 7HP
Lowen-Chy Angling – St Austell
63, 67 Clifden Rd, Saint Austell, PL25 4PB
Lizard tackle and bait
Trevelyan House, helston, TR12 7AU
Gwinear Angling Tackle Shop & Fishing Lakes – Newquay
Gwinear Farm, Newquay, TR8 5JX
Newtown angling centre – Penznance
Newtown Roundabout, Penzance, TR20 9AE
Northumberland IFCA – Blyth office
8 Ennerdale, Rd, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 4RT
01670 797 676
Northwestern IFCA – Carnforth office
1 Preston St, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9BY