Version number: 2.0 Management plan review date: April 2013
Date updated: February 2020
Fishery location: Across the district
Fishing Gear: Recreational Sea Angling, drift/gill nets and light trawls
Season: all year
Primary Management Tool: EU 1380/2013
Lead Regulator: EU, MMO
For information on catch for commercial and recreational fishing in 2022 go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bass-industry-guidance-2022/bass-fishing-guidance-2021
Being a higher value fish a lot of effort is placed upon Bass during the summer months as a sport fish provide a
Bass is a schooling predator of smaller fish species such as members of the herring family, sandeels and other small schooling fish. They are also in important predator of small crustaceans and squid.
Current stock levels in the Kent and Essex IFCA district are unknown as is CPUE. Recent estimates from the Sea Angling 2012 survey done nationally indicates that significant catches of bass are retained by sea anglers of up to 440 tonnes but that commercial fishery landings in 2012 in the UK totalled 897 tonnes.
Research is currently being done on a national basis to look at stocks. No research is currently underway in the Kent and Essex IFCA district.
Catches may be reported by anglers
Bass nursery areas and EU minimum landing size.
VMS is currently being widely considered for all fishing vessels and is something which could provide an addition to the current enforcement effort. VMS would enable targeted patrols when vessels were known to be active which would improve efficiency and be in line with maintaining a risk-based enforcement approach.
EA Fish ID Key
MAFF report on- The identification and separation of wild-caught and cultivated sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)
Pawson, M., G. 1995. Biogeographical identification of English Channel fish and shellfish stocks. Fisheries Research Technical Report (number 99), MAFF Direct Fisheries Research Lowestoft, England. Available from: http://www.cefas.defra.gov.uk/publications/techrep/tech99.pdf