Urgent action is needed now to prevent sea bass stock crashing

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 10 December 2014

Urgent action is needed now to prevent sea bass stock crashing Fishing pressure on European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) has increased significantly in recent years, and the biomass of this stock is set to decrease.

Urgent action is needed now to prevent sea bass stock crashing Fishing pressure on European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) has increased significantly in recent years, and the biomass of this stock is set to decrease. So much so, that the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) recommends that bass catches in the North Sea and English Channel should be reduced by 80% in 2015 to prevent the biomass crashing to lowest ever recorded levels - or worse. The state of this seabass fishery, and the options available to prevent it becoming significantly overfished, have been reported on in various media recently. Differing views on what can be done to reverse the situation have been put forward, including proposing the species becomes restricted to recreational fishing only. Achieving a reduction in fishing mortality of bass in 2015 will need concerted action from all involved in its exploitation and management. You can read about MCS’s position and recommendations in this document “Sea Bass Action Needed”. See how we rate bass on Fishonline.

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