Changes in Regulation for Recreational Fishers For Sea Bass

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Know the new regulation for recreational fishers for sea bass

No more than one sea bass may be retained per person, per day for all recreatio
nal fisherman.

A new suite of European regulations came into force during 2015/16 following concerns over the sustainability of bass stocks. These included:

  • A new minimum size of 42cm overall length for all commercial and recreational fishermen.
  • 1st January to 30th June (inclusive) mandatory catch and release of all seabass taken by recreational fishermen.
  • 1st July to 31st December 2016 (inclusive) a one fish bag limit for all recreational fishermen.


A separate range of bass management measures have also been implemented for commercial fishermen dependent on the fishing method:



  • 1st January to 30th January 2016 (inclusive) 1% permitted by-catch
  • 1st July to 31st December (inclusive) maximum take of 1 tonne per month.


Static Fishing


  • 1st February to 31st March 2016 (inclusive) fishery closed
  • January, April, May, June to December 2016 maximum take 1.3 tonnes per month


For more information:

Tel: (01482) 393515

Email: ne-ifca@eastriding.gov.uk