We have been shocked to find net-caught bass landings in Cornwall and Mevagissey have spiralled out of control, despite EU restrictions, while landings elsewhere in England have plummeted.  Help us hold Cornwall IFCA to account by sending an email to Cornwall IFCA Committee members.

We can’t provide you with a pre-written email to send, since that would just be ignored. But here are two things we suggest you ask for:

  • the Chief Officer to explain at the next CIFCA Committee meeting why net-caught bass landings in Cornwall and Mevagissey have gone up dramatically, whilst they have plummeted in the rest of England; and
  • the Committee member to represent you by asking for this issue to be put on the agenda for discussion at the next CIFCA Committee meeting.

To increase the chance of the Committee member acting on your email, it is important that you add some personal details about why this issue concerns you. If you live or fish in Cornwall, don’t forget to mention this.

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Please note we have put Save Our Sea Bass in copy, so that we can keep track of how the campaign is doing.  If you don’t wish us to receive a copy, please delete our email address from the copy field.
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Background information:

Net-caught sea bass landings in Cornwall have increased by 43% since 2013, despite EU measures making it illegal for fixed netters to target bass; introducing a closed period in February and March; and increasing the Minimum Conservation Reference Size to 42cm.  At the same time, net-caught bass landings in the rest of England since 2013 have plummeted by 78% – so the EU bass netting restrictions have been working in the rest of England, but have been ignored in Cornwall.

And in Mevagissey, net-caught bass landings shot up from 1.2 tonnes in 2016 to 9.2 tonnes in 2019, a staggering seven-fold increase.  Mevagissey has leapt up the table of ports landing net-caught bass: from 34th place in 2016 to 1st place in 2018 and 2019!

Also see Cornish Sea Anglers Tell Fishery Managers Stop Monkeying Around and Cornwall Fishery Managers Asleep At The Wheel Say Cornish Sea Anglers