From Monday 1st October, Bass anglers fishing in Ireland will now be allowed to keep only one bass per day till the end of 2018.
The move follows new advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) that affects all divisions of bass anglers around the island of Ireland.
According to this advice, recreational angling does not impact on bass stocks to the degree previously believed.
ICES also estimates a 10% higher survival rate from catch-and-release angling than previous figures.
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) reminds bass anglers that a minimum size limit of 42cm still applies.
“Bass anglers have an extremely positive approach to bass conservation using catch and release alongside good handling in order to maintain the species and their recreational activity,” IFI says.
“Anglers, through their conservation-oriented ethos, have been the key stakeholders in supporting research into bass stock status over the past five years by providing catch and fish stock data, which has underpinned provision of scientific and management advice.”