NESFC Netting Byelaw now has Subtidal Bass Nets !!!!!!!!!!

NESFC have ammended Byelaw XV111 Fixed Engine Authorisation
 
Thats Netting to you and me, the byelaw has been amended to include 5 new Licences specifically to Net for Sea Bass within Area “C” – Flamborough Light to Withernsea Light  – the Tidal Waters which lie within the 5 meter depth line.
 
Bass (Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society) have writen to Defra and D.McCandless of NESFC in protest of this amendment , I encourage any one who enjoys fishing for Bass with Rod and line as a recreational angler also to put an e-mail together Bass crib sheet and letter to Defra is below —we have until the 2nd of December to object to this byelaw and save our sport ………………………………

 BASS Anglers Sportfishing Society
 
Dedicated to the conservation of our premier sporting sea-fish 
Since 1973  Peter Macconnell, 6 Lyndhurst Road Peverell PlymouthDevon PL2 3DJ
Tel: 01752-560538, Mob: 07738-378227, E-mail: pmacconnell@tiscali.co.uk

Date:   15th November 2010

To:      All B.A.S.S. members in the Yorkshire area.

Re:      Proposal by North East Sea Fishery Committee to issue licences to set gill nets for bass on the Holderness coast

From: The B.A.S.S. Committee
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Dear Fellow B.A.S.S. Member

I write to you now on behalf of the committee to ask for your help and support.

We have been contacted by concerned members of both B.A.S.S. and the Angling Trust. They are seeking our help in trying to prevent the North East Sea Fisheries Committee issuing further licences to net for bass in the Holderness area of the Yorkshire coast.

The SFC is attempting to bring in these licences under a Fixed Engine Byelaw.

The chairman, Ian Misselbrook, has already written to Defra to lodge our objection, but it is vital that sea anglers who live and fish in Yorkshire also write to object.

We would like you to do this. It will only take half an hour or so and if enough people write there is a real chance we can stop this byelaw and stop the ruination of the local bass fishery that would follow. Have no doubt about it. If these nets are allowed now, more will be introduced in coming years.

We have until 2nd December 2010 to lodge our objections.

Attached is a crib sheet giving details of what the byelaw says, who you have to write to and some ideas about what you might say in your letter.

Many thanks

Peter Macconnell
On behalf of the B.A.S.S. Committee
Write to:
Ms. Margaret Branson                                                 
Defra Sustainable Fisheries
Area 2C, Nobel House, London SW1P 3JR
Also, if you prefer you can do it by email to: margaret.branson@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Personally I think a letter is better but if you are pushed for time use the email.

Object to:
North Eastern Sea Fisheries District, XVIII Fixed Engine (Authorisation) Byelaw. Object only to the part of the byelaw which is on page 4 of the byelaw document and reads as follows:
?       Taking intertidal sea bass (dicentrarchus labrax)
?       Taking subtidal sea bass (dicentrarchus labrax)
In Area C ? The Holderness Coast.
Those tidal waters within the District which lie inside the 5 metre depth contour line and between:
i) A line drawn true east from Flamborough Head Lighthouse in position (54? 07. 09 North, 000? 05.10 West)
ii) A line drawn true east from Withernsea Light in position (53? 43. 88 North, 000? 01.70 East)

Object by pointing out any or all of the following:
?        Recreational bass angling is of major economic value to coastal communities. It means more spending in local economies by both local and visiting sea anglers. This spending is often greater than any that can be derived from commercial fishing from the same stocks.
?        The area of the Yorkshire coast to which this byelaw would apply is already an important asset in terms of tourism visits.
?        Marine licensing decisions have a direct effect on both the health of, and access to those fish stocks and thereby on the recreational sea angling.
?        Before any licences are issued to set nets for bass in the subtidal and intertidal areas, the new Inshore Fishing &Conservation Authority (IFCA) that comes into being in April 2011 should examine how the bass stocks can be fished in a manner which is both sustainable and best benefits the local community.
?        Given that the proposal is to set nets in the subtidal and intertidal areas, it is clear that these bass stocks are ones that sea anglers will rely on for their fishing.
?        The appearance of good number of bass off the Yorkshire coast is a fairly new phenomenon. It is most likely accounted for by increased winter sea temperatures.
?        Milder winters and higher sea temperatures cannot be relied upon. The last two years being a case in point. Therefore Holderness stocks may well not be able to stand increased commercial pressure. We should apply the ?precautionary principle? i.e., if we are not sure then don?t do it.

Many thanks for your help.
Cheers…Peter

The letter from BASS to Defra

BASS Anglers’ Sportfishing Society

Dedicated to the conservation of our premier sporting sea-fish

Since 1973

Ian Misselbrook, Chairman,

8 The Grove, Sholing, Southampton, SO19 9LX.

Telephone: 02380-438139, E-mail: ianmisselbrook_215@fsmail.net

________________________________________________________________________

Ms. Margaret Branson                                                  Date: 12th November 2010

Defra Sustainable Fisheries

Area 2C

Nobel House, London SW1P 3JR

Dear Ms. Branson

 Re: North Eastern Sea Fisheries District

XVIII Fixed Engine (Authorisation) Byelaw

We understand that the final publication of the above byelaw was made on 5th November and, as a consequence, we have 28 days from that date to lodge a formal objection to it. By means of this letter we wish to lodge such an objection to specific parts of the byelaw. Below we describe the nature of our interest in this matter, details of the part of the byelaw to which we object, and our reasons for objecting.

 The nature of our interest

B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society) is an organisation established to campaign for the conservation and sustainable use of the European Sea Bass (dicentrarchus labrax) around the inshore waters of the UK. We represent the interests and concerns of recreational sea anglers who fish for bass. We are affiliated to the Angling Trust, which is recognised by the Government as the national representative body for all anglers in England.

 It has been estimated that there are as many as 360,000 sea anglers who fish exclusively or substantially for bass around the coasts of the UK (Cemare, University of Portsmouth, 1994, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, 2004). A significant number of those will fish the Holderness Coast, the area to which this byelaw would apply.

 It is our view that recreational sea anglers have a legitimate interest in how stocks of bass are managed both in terms of the need to conserve them at sustainable levels, and in terms of the best socio-economic value to be derived from this sustainable use.

 Furthermore it is our view that this current proposal to allow an increased level of commercial netting for bass, in the Holderness coast area, has not been shown to meet either the criterion of sustainable use, nor the criterion of best socio-economic value. Below we set out our case in respect of these criteria.

 The Byelaw

The aspects of the byelaw to which we object are those which would allow nets for:

  • Taking intertidal sea bass (dicentrarchus labrax)
  • Taking subtidal sea bass (dicentrarchus labrax)

In Area C – The Holderness Coast.

Those tidal waters within the District which lie inside the 5 metre depth contour line and between:

i) A line drawn true east from Flamborough Head Lighthouse in position (54° 07. 09 North, 000° 05.10 West)

ii) A line drawn true east from Withernsea Light in position (53° 43. 88 North, 000° 01.70 East)

 These are as set out on page four of the byelaw document.

 Reasons for our objection

 Socio-economic reasons:

  • Recreational bass angling is of major economic and cultural value to coastal communities.
  • It depends for its wellbeing on healthy bass stocks. More and bigger bass available to the recreational sea angler means more spending in local economies by both local and visiting sea anglers.
  • This spending is often greater than any that can be derived from commercial fishing from the same stocks. There has already been research on this area and the potential benefits of RSA in “A Bio economic review of recreational angling for bass” (Dillon, Scarborough Centre for Coastal Studies, University of Hull, 2004).
  • The area of the Yorkshire coast to which this byelaw would apply is already an important asset in terms of tourism visits.
  • It has been shown that where recreational sea angling opportunities are good the tourism season can be extended beyond the normal ‘summer’ period. Sea anglers will travel to fish for bass for at least nine months of the year.
  • In 2004 the Prime Minister’s Strategy Group said that consideration should be given to maximise the potential of recreational sea angling through protecting the marine fish stocks. These proposals were further elaborated in the Defra reports ‘Net Benefits’ and ‘Securing the Benefits’ from which the following is a quote:

The fisheries departments should reform inshore fisheries management and give a focus on developing the sector, including explicit management of recreational sea angling interest.”

  • Marine licensing decisions have a direct effect on both the health of, and access to those fish stocks and consequently have a major impact on the recreational sea angling sector.
  • We think that before any licences are issued to set nets for bass in the subtidal and intertidal areas, the new IFCA for the area has a duty and a responsibility, as part of the role it has been given, to examine how the bass stocks can be fished in a manner which optimises the socio-economic benefit to the local communities.
  • Given that the proposal is to set nets in the subtidal and intertidal areas, it is clear that these bass stocks are ones that sea anglers will rely on for their fishing.
  • Any such examination must include the possibility of using the stocks for primarily or even exclusively recreational purposes if that is the most socio-economically beneficial.
  • We are not aware that any such examination has taken place by the current SFC.

 Conservation reasons:

  • The appearance of good number of bass off the Yorkshire coast is a fairly new phenomenon. It is most likely accounted for by increased winter sea temperatures.
  • ·        Pawson and others in their paper. “Migrations, fishery interactions, and management units of sea bass (dicentrarchus labrax) in Northwest Europe(Pawson, et al, 2006), Describe how more bass stay inshore and farther north than was traditionally the case.
  • ·        Milder winters and higher sea temperatures cannot be relied upon. The last two years being a case in example.
  • In consequence, the Holderness stocks of bass may well not be as robust and capable of sustaining increased commercial pressure as has been assumed.
  • The proper application of the precautionary principle strongly suggests that we need to wait some time yet before we can be sure that these stocks can be commercially exploited.

 At this stage we would urge you, for the reasons set out above, not to go ahead and implement this byelaw.

 In addition we are as aware as you must be that in April 2011 the new Inshore Fishing and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) come into full operation. Given that they have a much more specific brief to address questions of conservation with equal force alongside questions of commercial exploitation, it is our considered view that the bringing in of this byelaw in advance of the IFCA coming into such full operation seems unnecessarily rushed and does not give sufficient time or opportunity for the above mentioned factors (and possibly others) to be fully taken into account.

 Yours sincerely

 Ian Misselbrook

BASS Chairman

cc: David McCandless, Chief Fishery Officer, Town Hall, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO14 4LP.

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