The European Anglers Alliance (EAA) backed by EFTTA – has filed a court action against the European Union over its restrictions on bass fishing.
EFTTA is sharing the court costs with the EAA in the action that has been filed with the European Court of Justice. EAA argues that the EU’s retention ban of northern bass in 2018 breaches the human rights of the public.
It is calling on the court to cancel the EU restrictions which were imposed in January on recreational fishing for northern bass, which includes the coastlines off the UK, (northern) France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Denmark, and which does not allow any bass to be kept by anglers.
The file claims that the action by the EU discriminates between the citizens of the EU, violating their principal of equality. It also says that the Council of the European Union took the decision without relying on any objective data on the bass stocks and did not consider the social and economic affects its action has on recreational fishing.
EFTTA CEO, Jean-Claude Bel, said: "This has been a very important decision and action by EFTTA as it is our duty to protect the interests of the industry."