30 June 2017
Fishermen are reminded that the recreational bass fishery
will remain ‘catch and release’ only for the duration of 2017. These rules
apply to all recreational fishermen in Jersey Territorial Waters, including Les
Écréhous and Les Minquiers.
All other measures to manage Jersey’s bass stocks that came into force at
the beginning of the year also remain in place.
EU-wide measures to
conserve bass stocks are similar, but measures applied to
recreational fishermen are due to change shortly, allowing them to retain one
bass a day.
Minister for the Environment, Deputy Steve Luce said
“This is not a decision I've taken easily as I know how
passionate people are when it comes to bass, but I have said all along that I
will act on the basis of the best evidence and advice available. At this time
the evidence and advice has not changed and so it is right that the management
measures in place don't change either.”