What bass measures we expect to happen in 2020?
Following the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the 16-17 December 2019e Marine Management Organisation (MMO) expects the following rules will apply to the commercial bass fisheries for 2020. The 2019 rules currently remains in place.
All commercial bass fishing in ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 7d, 7e, 7f and 7h and in waters within 12 nautical miles from baselines under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom in ICES divisions 7a and 7g will require an authorisation to retain bass. Commercial bass fishing will be prohibited during February to March 2020.
The MMO will be writing to all fishing vessel owners with a revised authorisation to catch and retain bass and will provide further guidance on our website once the 2020 TAC regulations are published. In the meantime, current authorisation letters from 2019 are valid.
Bass will continue not to be subject to the landings obligation. Any bass caught above the quantity a vessel is authorised to land and any undersized bass must be discarded.
There will be changes to the limits that can be landed by authorised vessels:
- Change for trawl by-catch with an increased by-catch cap (the 1% per day will be increased to 5% per fishing trip). The cap will be increased from 400kg over two months to 520kg over two months.
- Change for seines by-catch – increase from the monthly cap of 210 kg, (the 1% per day limit will be increased to 5% per fishing trip) to 520kg over two months.
- There will be an increase for hook and line from 5.5 tonnes to 5.7 tonnes per annum.
- Fixed gillnetting – the limit of 1.4 tonnes will remain in 2020.
Source: Marine Management Organisation