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BASS FISHING

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/123 for TACs & Quotas was released on 27 January 2020, specifying quotas for all stocks and introducing new bass regulations for 2020.  https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg/2020/123/oj

Commercial bass regulations for ICES areas in the KEIFCA district (IVc and VIId):

(a) demersal trawls: unavoidable by-catches not exceeding 520 kilogrammes per two months and 5 % weight of total catches of marine organisms on board caught by that vessel per fishing trip
(b) seines: same as demersal trawls
(c) hooks and lines: not exceeding 5.7 tonnes per vessel per year
(d) fixed gillnets: unavoidable by-catches not exceeding 1.4 tonnes per vessel per year

Recreational bass regs for ICES areas in the KEIFCA district (IVc and VIId):
1 January – 29 February and 1 – 31 December 2020, only catch-and-release fishing with a rod or a handline for European seabass shall be allowed. During those periods, it shall be prohibited to retain, relocate, tranship or land European seabass
(a) 1 March – 30 November 2020, not more than two specimens of European seabass may be caught and retained per fisherman per day; the minimum size of European seabass retained shall be 42 cm.

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