North of the Tyne FLAG14th March 2017
To mark the start of the FLAG, an official launch event will be held between 15.00 and 18.00hrs at The Old Low Light Building,...
Scientific evidence presented by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), states that the north east Atlantic Sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax populations have been declining dramatically since 2012 and is at risk of collapse.
This species is late maturing, slow growing and a highly valuable species to fishermen, resulting in a high fishing mortality and a poor spawning stock producing low recruitment. It is estimated that its fishing mortality is four times above the Maximum Sustainable Yield.
To help reduce fishing mortality and increase recruitment, management measures have been implemented by the EU Commission. 25% of Sea bass fishing is attributed to recreational catches and the following measure applies to all recreational fishermen: