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4th November 2019

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/123 for TACs & Quotas was released on 27 January 2020, specifying quotas for all stocks and introducing new bass regulations for 2020.

Commercial bass regulations for ICES areas in the KEIFCA district (IVc and VIId):

(a) demersal trawls: unavoidable by-catches not exceeding 520 kilogrammes per two months and 5 % weight of total catches of marine organisms on board caught by that vessel per fishing trip
(b) seines: same as demersal trawls
(c) hooks and lines: not exceeding 5.7 tonnes per vessel per year
(d) fixed gillnets: unavoidable by-catches not exceeding 1.4 tonnes per vessel per year

Recreational bass regs for ICES areas in the KEIFCA district (IVc and VIId):
1 January - 29 February and 1 - 31 December 2020, only catch-and-release fishing with a rod or a handline for European seabass shall be allowed. During those periods, it shall be prohibited to retain, relocate, tranship or land European seabass
(a) 1 March - 30 November 2020, not more than 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.