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New Size Limit for Bass please download and display our poster

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex, New Size Limit for Bass | 0 comments

There are new restrictions on the size of bass that may be legally kept by anglers and commercial fisherman. This is part of a package of measures which will include monthly limits on commercial vessels, a new minimum conservation reference size (previously known as minimum landing size) and the recreational three fish bag limit to help bass stocks recover throughout the European Union.

Defra has asked the Angling Trust, as the Governing Body for all angling in England to help promote these new restrictions to the sea angling community.

We are asking all sea anglers, clubs, tackle shops and charter skippers to read, forward, print and display a poster about the restrictions, which can be downloaded from the Angling Trust website HERE.

Defra will also disseminate the message further through its own media channels.

The poster describes the new rules for bass size limits and provides a link for more information:

  • From 1 September 2015, if you catch bass under 42cm in size you must release them immediately.
  • Please land bass carefully for the best survival on release. This gives female bass the chance to grow to spawning age.
  • Recreational anglers may keep no more than three fish per day.
  • The new rules are vital so that anglers can play our part in the recovery of bass stocks.
  • You can find out more at:

Please spread the word about these new conservation measures to help protect our fish.


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Kingmere As Consultation

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex | 0 comments

  Crunch Time For Kingmere As Consultation Opens On Management Measures For Bream Fishing In New Sussex MCZ

Sea anglers are being invited to comment on a new bylaw introducing management measures for fishing activities – including recreational angling for black bream – within the new Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).

The Sussex IFCA has drafted the bylaw for all Marine Protected Areas within the authority’s district. Included within this there will be a regulatory notice to ensure that fishing activities meet Natural England’s* conservation advice for the MCZ which was designated, in part, to recover the status of nesting black bream in the UK’s most important known nesting site for the species.

The Kingmere reef is a renowned recreational fishery for the wide variety of fish species that it supports – in particular black bream which build nests and lay their eggs in the specific seabed habitat in and around the reef.

The bylaw and regulatory notice for the Kingmere MCZ will still allow access to fishing. However, management measures to limit the impact of recreational angling on the nesting population of black bream within the MCZ will include a bag limit, closed areas and closed seasons for bream fishing.

Restrictions on all other activities, including commercial fishing, that threaten or damage the conservation features of the site have been included in the management measures. A delicate balance has been sought by the IFCA in an attempt to get buy-in from all stakeholders who use the Kingmere – while still satisfying the conservation objectives for which the MCZ was designated.

Anglers travel from all around the country to fish on the Kingmere from private boats and from the vibrant charter boat fleets in Brighton, Littlehampton and Shoreham By Sea. The proposed management measures are likely to have a significant impact on how, when and where recreational fishing for black bream takes place.

The Angling Trust has been involved from the start of the process to ensure that recreational angling is not disproportionately impacted by restrictions. We will be submitting our comments on the proposals to both the Marine Management Organisation and the Sussex IFCA in the coming days. Once submitted our response will be publically available from the Angling Trust website HERE including details on our position taken over the bylaw and impact on recreational anglers.

David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Marine Campaigns Manager, said: “A lot of work has gone into consulting local sea anglers in Sussex and making sure that they, and the thousands of anglers who travel to Sussex to fish the Kingmere each year, aren’t disproportionately affected by the proposed bylaw. We will be making our objections to some of the proposals as clearly and strongly as possible. However, where we feel that we can support the proposals we will.”

Tim Macpherson, Director of the Angling Trust and Chairman of the Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region, said: “The consultation process for this MCZ designation has taken time and involved a lot of stakeholders including commercial fishing, wildlife groups and anglers.

The Angling Trust in Sussex has been closely involved representing angling interests to the Sussex IFCA and we are pleased that anglers will continue to be allowed to fish on the Kingmere reef during the breeding season.  This access is vital in maintaining the economic viability of the charter fleets and ensuring access for anglers is not being unnecessarily restricted.

We recognise the importance of the conservation objectives set out in the designation. However, there are areas of the regulatory notice which I personally have serious concerns about. However, I want to make clear that I recognise the efforts the officers on the IFCA have put in to getting what they believe is a balanced outcome.

The Angling Trust will submit a formal response to the bylaw shortly but it is also up to individual anglers and angling groups to make their representations directly – bearing in mind that the original advice was to close the area to all activity.”

Consultation on the bylaw is open until October 7th so anglers wishing to make their voices heard should make sure they respond before then.

For more information on the bylaw and how to comment click HERE

For more information on the Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region’s work leading up to this click HERE

*Natural England is a statutory nature conservation body and provides the government with conservation advice on the protection of the marine environment.



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Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in A T Latest News, ANGLING TRUST WESSEX BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 | 0 comments


Saturday 13th June the 2015 AT Wessex Region Boat Championship was held out of Poole. After registration and a bit of breakfast to set people up for the day in JD Wetherspoon, it was the short walk to the marina to load the 4 boats.

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Wessex Boat Championship 2015 Information

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in A T Latest News | 0 comments

Wessex Boat Championship 2015 Information


Boat Rules 2015

Boat score sheet 2015

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AT Wessex Junior Award Winners 2014

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in A T Latest News, with his 2014 Specimen Fish of the Year Award and 15 year old Jaon Voller (Lymington & District) - 2014 Junior Angler of the Year. Jaon has won this Award 4 years in succession. | 0 comments

Curtis Driver with 1lb 11oz SoleAs promised here are the details from the AGM on Friday evening regarding the AT Wessex Junior Award Winners 2014. I now attach a photo of 8 year old Curtis Driver (Poole Dolphins), with his 2014 Specimen Fish of the Year Award and 15 year old Jaon Voller (Lymington & District) – 2014 Junior Angler of the Year. Jaon has won this Award 4 years in succession.



Junior Award Winners 2014

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Higher Minimum Legal Size

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in A T Latest News | 1 comment

Higher Minimum Legal Size, an EU proposal to raise the minimum legal size for bass must apply to all those fishing for them – that’s the message the Angling Trust has sent to top decision makers at the EU and member of an EU working party who will be discussing further emergency measures for bass in Brussels tomorrow following the ban on pelagic trawling that was introduced earlier this month.

Indications coming out of the EU have been that the new proposed minimum size of 42cm would only apply to recreational catches while commercial fishermen would continue to be able to harvest immature bass at 36cm – effectively discriminating against recreational anglers.

In addition the EU is proposing a monthly limit on how much bass commercial vessels can catch. However, the proposal of 1 tonne per vessel per month means that up to 90 per cent of the under-10m fleet in England wouldn’t be affected at all, according to figures from 2010. This means it is even more important that the small scale commercial sector plays its part in helping to reduce bass mortality through a higher minimum legal size.

Recreational catches are already likely to be subjected to a three fish a day bag limit so the Angling Trust is insisting that a higher MLS for all fisheries, including technical changes to reduce discards of bass, will help move closer to the required 80 per cent reduction advised by scientists.

David Mitchell, Marine Campaigns Manager for the Angling Trust said:Reducing total fishing mortality is the absolute priority and recreational anglers are playing their part in helping to achieve this. It’s fundamentally important that the small scale commercial fishing fleet, which won’t be affected by the proposed monthly vessel limit but which still has a big impact on bass mortality, plays its part too. This can all be achieved in a fair and balanced way with a higher minimum size for all those fishing for bass.

It would also be a real kick in the teeth for anglers who have been campaigning for the minimum size to be increased over so many years to now be required to release immature fish in the knowledge that commercial fishermen will still be allowed to land them.

The Angling Trust has sent the letter to national representatives from the UK attending tomorrow’s meeting, as well as other members of the working party, arguing that a new minimum legal size of at least 42cm (ideally 48cm) would:

  • Address reducing fishing mortality from the ‘mixed fishery’ and recreational sectors in a fair, even-handed and non-discriminatory manner.
  • Allow small scale vessels with catches below the proposed vessel limit to contribute to reducing fishing mortality in line with the ICES advice.
  • Contribute to increasing the spawning stock biomass of bass and build resilience into the fishery.
  • Move towards a higher yield per recruit from the fishery which would contribute towards reaching the target of maximum sustainable yield.

We’ve also encouraged our partner angling organisations at the European Anglers Alliance to contact their own national representatives in order to get as much support for our position as possible.

The Angling Trust and EAA partners have been invited to meet with the Commission in Brussels on Friday February 13th to discuss the emergency measures for bass, after which we’ll have more news to report on our campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for future updates.

The full letter sent to members of the Working Party discussing bass tomorrow can be downloaded HERE.

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