Fishing for Sea Bass Is Not A Crime - Don't Let The EU Make It One!
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The EU wants to make it illegal for the public to catch or keep any sea bass in northern European waters 2018. This is unfair and disproportionate.
The European Anglers Alliance (EAA), in partnership with the European Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA), representing anglers and businesses across Europe, is calling on fisheries ministers meeting in Brussels next month to defend our rights and to continue to allow anglers to catch bass throughout 2018 and keep one bass a day from July‐December.
Members of the public who enjoy angling and eating some of the fish they catch have already suffered severe restrictions since 2015 in order to protect bass stocks. Now the right of the public to catch a bass for the table is about to be taken away from us
Don't let the EU remove a right that is part of everyday life for millions of people.
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- EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council of Ministers
Dear Fisheries Ministers and EU Commission Fisheries Managers
I’m writing to express my serious concerns over the recent proposal by the EU Commission that sea anglers should no longer be allowed to retain a single bass caught in 2018. It is unacceptable that my right to take a bass for the table should be taken away, particularly since the Commission is proposing that some forms of commercial fishing should continue.
I am calling on EU Fisheries Ministers to defend my rights and to continue to allow anglers to catch bass throughout 2018 and keep one bass a day from July‐December. I would ask you to:
• Firmly reject, at the European Union Fisheries Council meeting, proposals by the EU Commission which seek to restrict anglers’ historic rights to the public Bass fishery, whilst allowing commercial exploitation to continue.
• Make clear that this measure is unfair, disproportionate and completely unenforceable. It would ‘criminalise’ thousands of anglers like me whose activities have had the lowest impact on European Bass stocks.
• Insist that there can be no justification for increasing the already severe restrictions on anglers who have borne a disproportionate burden of recent restrictions.
• Continue to rebuild Bass stocks by limiting commercial exploitation to sustainable hook and line fishing only.
I should be most grateful for your support.
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