|an anglers dream - bass in the surf - as depicted by inspirational artist, David Miller|
There won’t be many anglers who don’t appreciate how magical bass can be … and a lot of non-anglers who appreciate them when on a plate in a restaurant! But there lies the problem. They taste so good they have become the ‘go to’ fish on many chefs’ repertoires so have also become the best cash crop for any commercial fisherman with a net.
|a tasty meal - sandeels for bass, bass for diners ... David Miller's 'art in action', as with all those depicted on this blog|
Diners don’t know and probably don’t care where their fish come from. They might be farmed but most are harvested from the sea and stocks are so over exploited that they are fast approaching the stage where they are no longer sustainable. There is a very real danger that bass stocks are already in terminal decline.
Across Northern Europe, sea bass stocks are in deep trouble because of commercial over-fishing and the repeated failure of politicians and fishery managers to follow scientific advice and introduce the necessary conservation measures. The Angling Trust and Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (B.A.S.S.) have pressed hard for a ban on bass netting and we fully support the EU Commission’s proposals for 2017 for a sustainable and well managed recreational and commercial hook and line only bass fishery.
The campaign is going well and we already have over 9,000 signatures on our national petition … but we need at least 10,000 to ensure the government takes notice. Lots of people have gone on to the campaign page to either sign or to send an email to their MP. However, we need to keep the pressure up and this is where YOU can help.
|a spectacular sporting fish - let us pray that they survive and flourish for future generations|
It would be great if you could sign the petition and share on YOUR Facebook and Twitter. And don't forget to send on to friends and family, too!
|please help these beautiful creatures survive - simply sign the petition - it takes less than a minute|
"Let's support our fellow anglers by signing the national petition to get rid of the damaging bass nets and give these wonderful fish a future. The decision will be made on December 12th so we've not got long. Click here to sign. It only takes a minute so...PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE NOW."
|a sight for sore eyes - bass beneath the surface - and the title for one of David Miller's wonderful books|