The European Council of Ministers has this morning backed the reinstatement of the one bag bass limit for anglers.
As expected, it has ratified a proposal by the European Commission which supported a move to allow bass anglers in the region to keep one fish from each fishing trip – starting on Monday (October 1) and running until the end of the year.
The go-ahead is a major victory for the efforts of EFTTA and the European Anglers Alliance (EAA), which have lobbied hard on the issue. It is also a boost for retailers and charter skippers in the European regions affected – particularly the U.K. and northern France – who have been struggling since catch and release was introduced.
In a statement on its website, the EAA said: "EFTTA and the EAA have pushed for this to happen since December. More force was added to our lobby efforts in July when a revised International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) advice showed that the recreational bass fishing mortality estimate should be 10 times lower than the original advice delivered last year and which formed the basis of the Commission's catch-and-release only edict."