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TOPIC: Talk on Bass conservation at NOC Southampton 5th January

Talk on Bass conservation at NOC Southampton 5th January 8 years 8 months ago #1


Fishing for Bass

Public Marine Life Talks at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.
Easy 10 min walk from red funnel terminal.
First dock gate to right (Dock Gate 4) then follow signs.
More detail available from Publicity Officer.
see noc.ac.uk/news/marine-life-talks


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Marine Life Talk – 5 January 2012

European Sea Bass: how do we restore UK stocks and why bother?

– 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –
by Nigel Horsman –
Nigel Horsman of the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society, discusses the state of the UK's bass stocks, the economics of commercial and recreational use of bass, and the simple measures that can be taken locally and nationally to improve bass stocks and simultaneously improve the profitability and sustainability of commercial bass fishing and generate significant economic growth for the UK from improved recreational angling for bass.
Nigel uses his business experience together with the perspective of a conservation minded angler to explore how we might better manage our bass resource (and other inshore fish) for long term ecological and economic gain.
Nigel Horsman is a businessman who, after 20 years in food manufacturing, sold his last business and turned his attention to doing more fishing. Nigel moved, with his family, to Dorset in 2004 with the hope of finding time to pursue a childhood dream of fishing for bass from Dorset's wonderful coastline.
Once that ambition was fulfilled, Nigel was incredibly disappointed by the lack of reasonable sized fish and set out to find out what was happening. It soon became clear that bass were a high value fish for commercial fishermen to catch, that there was no protection for them from a catch quota, that technical protection measures were inadequate and that government were not actively managing this important resource.
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