A Cornish man was ordered to pay £150 in fines and costs for not returning two undersize bass to the river Fowey at Lostwithiel. The case was brought by the Environment Agency.
After closer inspection the man was found to have two dead bass which appeared to be smaller than the legal length which can be kept. On measuring this was found to be correct.
On Monday (September 15) East Cornwall Magistrates found James Lewsey of
Andrew Williams for the Environment Agency commented “This new byelaw has been brought in recently to protect immature bass and it has been widely publicised”.
“The Environment Agency is working hard to conserve sea bass stocks in
The new byelaw created on 6th November 2002 states that it is an offence to retain any sea bass under 37.5cm caught from Cornish fisheries.
A leaflet is available from the Environment Agency with a waterproof paper cut-out of a bass measuring exactly the legal minimum size of 37.5cm. Copies of the leaflet can be obtained by calling the Environment Agency’s general inquiry line on 0845 933 3111 during office hours.