Received from Martin Salter this week:
Dear Nicola ,
Re: Consultation on measures to increase the number and size of Bass available to commercial and recreational fisherman.
As the Parliamentary Spokesman for Angling I would like to express my support for Option 2 of the proposal to increase the bass minimum landing size from 36 cm to 45 cm. This will ensure that bass stocks enjoy protection to breeding size and help to offset any poor spawning years.
I also support the proposal to increase the minimum mesh sizes of nets used to catch bass by licensed commercial fisherman from 90 mm to 110mm, in line with the conclusions of scientific advice and to ensure minimal bycatch of bass and other species below the revised MLS
Please accept this as my formal response to the consultation.
Martin Salter MP