TAT should lead the way
Posted 11 July 2015 - 01:21 AM
TAT, the angling trust has lead the way in getting restrictions on the bass fishery in the u k. They should now do more and set an example to all, lead the way and close the fishery down. That includes all bass angling in the u k and the bass guides should be first in the queue and set the example of sacrifice to protect what they claim is dear to them. Their mates the MCS are offering up the advice set out below:
Urgent action is needed to prevent rapidly declining sea bass stocks from collapsing, conservationists have warned.
A temporary ban on all fishing of wild sea bass may be needed if agreement to manage stocks cannot be reached, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) said after new scientific advice warned the situation for the species was getting worse.
Last year, the scientific experts at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) called for total catches of both recreational and commercial fisheries to be cut by 80% to stem the declines.
The MCS said the population in the north east Atlantic had been rapidly declining since 2010 and was on track to plummet to levels from which it could struggle to recover.
A failure by European Union countries to agree a management plan for sea bass stocks led to emergency measures to ban pelagic trawling fishing away from the bottom of the sea in the water column - for the spawning period between January and April this year.
Member states have now reached an agreement on restrictions on catches for commercial fisheries, a three-fish bag limit for recreational fishermen and an extension of the moratorium of commercial fishing for sea bass around Ireland to include all vessels.
But the restrictions are predicted to reduce catches by only 60% for pelagic trawlers, 22% for demersal vessels, which fish along the bottom of the sea, and 6% for hook and line fisheries, well below the 80% reduction urged by ICES.
Samuel Stone, fisheries officer at MCS, warned that the lack of agreement between EU member states over how to manage valuable stocks of sea bass, popular with restaurants and shops, left the fish and its fishermen facing a very uncertain future.
Fishery management measures that sufficiently reduce catches are urgently needed to reverse the fortunes of this fish; if such measures cannot be agreed and implemented quickly, a complete moratorium on fishing for sea bass may well be necessary in the foreseeable future.
He said the latest advice from ICES was for a catch of just 541 tonnes in 2016 in the North East Atlantic, half the UKs catch alone of 1,000 tonnes last year. France caught even more sea bass than the UK in 2014, catching 1,300 tonnes, he said.
The stock is in rapid decline, and much more needs to be done - and urgently - to prevent this iconic and important fishery from collapsing.
Based on the above, Unfortunately, previous attempts to save stocks of fish by TAT have been unsuccessful by offering up catch and release angling has not done the tope or the common eel stocks any good what so ever. So TAT should lead the way in a total moratorium and close the bass angling fishery down. SET AN EXAMPLE TAT.
Free to choose apart from the ones where the trust poked their nose in. Common eel. tope. Bass and sea bream. All restricted.
New for 2016 TAT are the main instigators for the demise of the u k bass charter boat industry, where they went screaming off to parliament and for the first time assisting so called angling gurus set up bass take bans with the e u using rubbish exaggerated info collected by ices from anglers, they must be very proud.
Upgrade, the door has been closed with regards to anglers being linked to the e u superstate and the failed c f p. So TAT will no longer need to pay monies to the EAA anymore as that org is no longer relevant to the u k . Goodbye to the europeon anglers alliance and pathetic restrictions from the e u.
Angling is better than politics, ban politics from angling.
Consumer of bass. where is the evidence that the u k bass stock need angling trust protection. Why won't you work with your peers instead of castigating them. They have the answer.
Recipie's for mullet stew more than welcomed.
Angling sanitation trust and kent and sussex sea anglers org delete's and blocks rsa's alternative opinion on their face book site. Although they claim to rep all.
new for 2014. where is the evidence that the south coast bream stock need the angling trust? Your campaign has no evidence. Why won't you work with your peers, the inshore under tens? As opposed to alienating them? Angling trust failed big time re bait digging, even fish legal attempted to intervene and failed, all for what, nothing.
Looks like the sea angling reps have been coerced by the ifca's to compose sea angling strategy's that the ifca's at some stage will look at drafting into legislation to manage the rsa, because they like wasting tax payers money. That's without asking the rsa btw. You know who you are..