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2020 Fishing Opportunities Meeting



Dear Sea Angler/Conservationist,

Please send an email to our Fisheries Minister today by clicking here.

We have just heard that the EU Commission has released its 2020 bass fishing opportunities proposal: a roll-over of the 2019 rules.

So the EU Commission has completely ignored sea anglers legitimately asking to be given back their fair share of the catch in 2020.  We estimate a roll-over would reduce sea anglers’ share of the catch to just 16% in 2020, compared with the 25% to 30% of the catch we enjoyed before the bass restrictions came in.  This is an outrage.

EU law requires that restrictions on recreational fishing must be non-discriminatory.  But the EU Commission, which is supposed to ensure the EU Member States respect EU law, has just ignored EU law.  You couldn’t make it up!

Are sea anglers second-class citizens?  Can fishery managers give away the public’s fishing rights to commercial fishermen with impunity? No, we are the biggest stakeholder in the bass fishery and we demand our rights under the law.

We are asking the UK Fisheries Minister to step in and fight hard for sea anglers at the Fishing Opportunities meeting on 16 and 17 December. We want 3 fish for 9 months and our Fisheries Minister must not take no for an answer.

Please send an email to our Fisheries Minister today by clicking here.

Thank you very much for your continuing support.

Yours faithfully,

The Save Our Sea Bass Team


 

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I’m confused (which is not difficult!!)

 

Are Save Our Sea Bass wanting to decrease Bass stocks by increasing the bag limit from 1 to 3 Bass per angler a day for 9 months of the year ?

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Just received - SUCCESS

 

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2020 Fishing Opportunities Decision



Dear Sea Angler/Conservationist

Thank you very much if you responded to our call to ask our Fisheries Minister to increase the bass bag limit and give sea anglers back the share of the total catch they had before the restrictions started in 2015.

Save Our Sea Bass has been in Brussels since Monday, following the EU Council negotiations.  At 6.00am this morning a final agreement was reached.  In 2020 sea anglers will have their bag limit increased from 1 fish per day per person to 2 fish and the open season will be increased from 7 months to 9 months (1 March to 30 November).

This is an excellent result, even more so because all EU Member States have agreed to respect the scientists' lower sustainable catch recommendation, so the bass stock should continue to make progress towards a safe level.

Thank you very much for your continuing support, especially if you have donated to Save Our Sea Bass to enable us to carry on our work, or shared our campaign on Facebook or other social media.

Yours faithfully,

The Save Our Sea Bass Team

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