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White Fish: Conservation

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 210255, tabled on 13 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to help bass recovery through (a) bass nursery areas, (b) a minimum landing size for bass, (c) evidence-based policies and (d) other measures.

Answered on

17 October 2014

As a result of discussions facilitated by the European Commission, there is now a consensus amongst interested Member States to significantly reduce targeting of bass across all sectors exploiting that stock. The Commission has also requested advice from the North Sea, North Western Waters and South West Waters Advisory Councils on the appropriate short term measures to apply in 2015, and the development of a long term management plan. We expect EU bass management proposals to be published before the end of the year.

The UK Government will continue to push for effective EU-wide conservation measures that will ensure the stock recovers and becomes sustainable by working with the Commission and interested Member States. We will consider the need for any further domestic management of bass in the light of these European discussions.