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Restrictions for recreational bass fishing 2020:

In recreational fisheries, including from shore, in ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 6a, 7a to 7k:

(a) from 1 January to 29 February and from 1 to 31 December 2020, only catch- and-release fishing with a rod or a handline for European seabass shall be allowed. During that period, it shall be prohibited to retain, relocate, tranship or land European seabass caught in that area;

(b) from 1 March to 30 November 2020, not more than two specimen of European seabass may be caught and retained per fisherman per day. The minimum size of European seabass retained shall be 42 cm.

In recreational fisheries in ICES divisions 8a and 8b, a maximum of two specimens of European seabass may be caught and retained per fisherman per day. The minimum size of European seabass retained shall be 42 cm.

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Changes to EU regs regarding minimum sizes (Oct 2019)

Following recent changes to EU regulations, there are no longer any European minimum sizes for sea fish applied to recreational fishing. However, the MMO has said it will apply the 42cm MCRS for bass to recreational fishing. If in doubt, consult your local Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

BASS recommends a minimum landing size of 48cm. This is the minimum bass breeding size of 42cm plus one year’s further growth. This should enable all bass taken to have bred once before they are harvested.