NWIFCA has advised us that it has not made representations to the Government regarding bass shore netting in NWIFCA district. Accordingly we retract our claim that NWIFCA had secretly lobbied the Government on this issue and offer our sincere apologies to NWIFCA for this mistake and for any inconvenience caused.

Our incorrect claim was based on correspondence from the Government stating that its position on shore netting for bass reflected “NWIFCA shore-netting issues”. We have now asked the Government to explain why it believes there are NWIFCA shore-netting issues that need to be addressed by a change of law to allow shore netters to land bass.

We applaud NWIFCA for its enforcement actions on bass. In recent months it has prosecuted 6 individuals for offences relating to bass fishing restrictions resulting in fines totalling £8,376.

Get Your Voice Heard!

It is currently illegal for shore-netters to land sea bass.  But the UK Government is right now asking the EU to allow shore-netters across the whole of the UK and Northern Europe to be able to target and land bass (the Government describes it as an “incidental” bycatch allowance, but we are not fooled, having seen the Government refuse to enforce the “unavoidable” bycatch law for fixed netters).

Please tell the Government to drop its plan to ask the EU to allow shore-netters to land bass – send an email to our Fisheries Minister, Victoria Prentis by clicking on the button below and writing a message in your own words, explaining why this issue is important to you.

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