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New guidance on sea bass measures

The revised measures for vessels catching European sea bass will be introduced on 30 July 2021 to change bycatch limits and introduce short-term bycatch.

These measures amend Article 10 of the Council Regulations (EU) 2020/123 (Measures for European Seabass Fisheries) to adjust the level of European seabass that may be bycatch under UK fishery restrictions.

In ICES Divisions 4b and 4C, and ICES Subarea 7, coastal marine and commercial fisheries are not permitted to fish in European sea bass. Holding, transshipment, relocation, or landing of European sea bass caught in this area is also prohibited.

This rule does not apply to bycatch using coast-based fixed gill nets (gear codes GTR, GNS, GNC, FYK, FPN, and FIX) that are not configured from the following vessels:

  • 26 nets related to NWIFCA district
  • 5 nets related to NEIFCA district
  • 1 net related to D & SIFCA district
  • Up to 50 nets in the Welsh zone.

Possibility of catching, retaining, transshipping, relocating and landing European sea bass on vessels in ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 7d, 7e, 7f and 7h, and in waters within 12 nautical miles of baselines in ICES divisions 7a and 7g. There is. European bass was captured in the area within the following limits in the next gear.

As long as these ICES departments are in the English or Welsh zone:

  • Using benthic trawl nets, the inevitable bycatch of no more than 380 kilograms per month and the weight of 5% of the total catch of marine life on board the vessel for each fishing trip.
  • Using seine nets, the inevitable secondary catch of no more than 380 kilograms per month and the weight of 5% of the total catch of marine life on board the vessel caught on each fishing trip.
  • Use hooks and lines and do not exceed 5.7 tonnes per vessel per year.
  • Use fixed gill nets and bycatch should not exceed 1.4 tonnes per vessel per year.

Only vessels permitted to fish for European sea bass are permitted subject to the revised restrictions referenced.

Detailed guidance on the MMO web page will be updated shortly with more information, but if you have any tentative questions about these measures, please contact the MMO at 0330 123 1032 or email us at: please. info@marinemanagement.org.uk

New guidance on sea bass measures

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