BASS Action Workshop
The latest scientific advice on bass stocks is very worrying but has served to put the vulnerability of bass stocks and our sport into the spotlight.
A succession of poor spawning years and increased fishing pressure has led to a steep decline in the bass spawning stock.
The seriousness of the situation has at last been recognised by EU Fisheries and plans are being made to reduce fishing effort, protect the fish during spawning and allow more juvenile fish to reach spawning size.
But Europe is dragging its heels and arguing over quotas while the fishing pressure continues unabated.
In the UK, DEFRA is currently deferring decisions until the EU has reached agreement, whilst locally the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) are giving increased consideration to their own role on bass management inside the 6 mile limit.
Inevitably, something is going to happen over the coming months - arguably too little too late - but there has never been a better time for the Sea Angling Community and especially those who pursue bass to express their concerns and to establish in the minds of the decision makers:
a) the validity and value of Recreational Sea Angling (RSA) and
b) the crucial importance of bass for RSA.
We want future management of bass to fully take account of the needs of Sea Anglers and that means altering the 'management machine' that has historically only been geared to consider fisheries management from a commercial perspective, to one where the unique requirements of RSA are better understood, appreciated and incorporated into future management objectives for bass.
With these IMPORTANT opportunities in mind, BASS is running a one day workshop to better equip members to make representation WHERE IT WILL COUNT.
So - If you are hesitant or confused but want to contact your MP, MEP, IFCA or other anglers or clubs for support but not sure how to go about it this workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence you need and help steer you in the right direction.
We hope that as many of you a possible will be able to attend.
The workshop will be held on Sunday 19th October
Click here to see the provisional agenda
The workshop will be held at the Almondsbury Interchange Hotel near Bristol.
There is ample free parking at the Hotel. Refreshments and light lunch will be provided courtesy of BASS. Overnight accomodation at the Hotel is available at a cost of £59 for double room with breakfast or £49 for single room with breakfast.The Hotel does not provide an evening meal but there are several very good eating options nearby. For anyone wishing to bring partners/wives/family there is plenty to do in the Bristol area.
If you would like to attend please contact Steve Pitts (if you have not already done so) by email [email protected] as soon as possible and include your full name and address and telephone number(s).