Fish On Lures recognises that, as part of the angling trade, we have a duty to get involved in whatever way possible to help push for better conservation measures regarding the fragile state of European Sea Bass stocks.
It is not solely the responsibility of bodies such as BASS, SOS or the Angling Trust to push for a better deal for bass. Anyone who takes part in our beloved sport, be it trade or for leisure, should look at ways to show their support.
Fish On Lures is proud to support both Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society and Save Our Seabass and we encourage our clients to at least take a look at some of the great work both these organisations have done.
Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society:
BASS is both a fishing club and an organisation dedicated to the conservation of the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). The Society believes that its members have the ability to encourage the conservation, research and protection of the European sea bass, as well as, to improve and educate others in the techniques of angling for this premier sporting fish.
Save Our Seabass
It is a campaign group of the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS), comprised from members forming a dedicated group made up of people who believe that the 90% cuts required of wild Sea Bass landings needs to be implemented in 2015 as recommended by ICES. This is our core point of concern and we endeavour to help bring about the required changes at National and European Union levels.
The current state of our bass fishery
Scientist said in April 2015: “The spawning stock biomass is declining towards the lowest historically observed level. The current fishing mortality is unsustainable and almost three times higher than FMSY” (FMSY is the maximum amount that can be fished sustainably).
In June 2015 the sea bass spawning population for 2016 was estimated at only 5,278 tonnes, down an appalling 24% in just one year (or 30% if we use the 2014 estimate for 2015: 7,591 tonnes).
To put this into context, between 2010 and 2013 average Sea Bass landings (commercial plus recreational) were 5,667 tonnes. So in 2016 the total Sea Bass spawning population will be less than the average landings per year between 2010 and 2013.
In June 2015 the scientists recommended total landings for 2016 should be just 541 tonnes, i.e. a cut of 90% from the 2010 to 2013 average landings.
What is the value of Sea Bass ?
Simply put our natural wild sea bass is priceless and irreplaceable as a sporting sea fish. Commercially its been over exploited for far too long, consequently it is now returning far less revenue than recreational angling and supporting fewer jobs. Other monetary and social values are i.e. throughout the angling tackle trades, professional guiding services, accommodation and facilities, in many coastal communities. Non-commercial fishing is an ever growing sector, that is able to care and practice responsible sustainable methods, i.e; catch and release, in accordance with far tighter regulations than the commercial fisherman are required to preserve the wild bass stock. To enable them to spawn at least once before being exploited via any method and implement closed seasons of capture and trade of the wild stocks.
(Information from Save Our Seabass website – ‘Key Facts’ http://www.saveourseabass.org/en/key-facts/)
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