How is the EU protecting sea bass?

Sea bass is a high value, iconic species for recreational and commercial fishermen. Scientific advice has clearly identified the need to drastically reduce catches of this species, following an increase in the fishing pressure and a reduction in reproduction.

We need to act to address the declining state of the stock, to protect jobs and livelihoods. If the EU does not act decisively now, the risk for greater and long term losses to this valuable fish stock and to coastal communities will be increasing.

In 2015 the EU has taken action to protect sea bass.

Measure one - A short term ban on pelagic trawling

Measure two - A 3-fish bag limit for recreational fishermen

Measure three - A monthly catch limit and a closed area


Measure four – An increase in the minimum size of northern sea bass

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