Publication - Regulation/directive/order

Recreational fishing for bass: regulations 2019

Published: 30 Jan 2019

Regulation EU 2019/124, dated 30 January 2019. Recreational fisherman in the North Sea and western waters are subject to the following limitations for 2019.

Published:
30 Jan 2019
Recreational fishing for bass: regulations 2019

If you are a recreational fisherman in the North Sea and western waters you are subject to the following limitations for 2019:

Sea Area

ICES division

1 February to 31 March 2019

1 April to 31October 2019

1 November to 31 December 2019

North Sea

IVb, IVc

Catch and release only

Limited to 1 bass per fisherman per day

Catch and release only

West of Scotland

VIa

Catch and release only

Limited to 1 bass per fisherman per day

Catch and release only

Irish Sea

VIIa

Catch and release only

Limited to 1 bass per fisherman per day

Catch and release only

West of Ireland

VIIb, VIIc,

VIIj, VIIk

Catch and release only

Limited to 1 bass per fisherman per day

Catch and release only

Channel

VIId, VIIe

Catch and release only

Limited to 1 bass per fisherman per day

Catch and release only

Celtic Sea

VIIf, VIIg

Catch and release only

Limited to 1 bass per fisherman per day

Catch and release only

South West approaches

VIIh

Catch and release only

Limited to 1 bass per fisherman per day

Catch and release only

These catch limits apply whether you are fishing from a vessel or the shore. 

The Minimum Conservation Reference Size (MCRS) for bass is 42cm. You must not retain any bass below the MCRS and any caught must be released safely back into the sea.