Inland Fisheries Ireland has issued an appeal to anglers to get involved in collecting information on Bass in Irish waters for the National Bass Programme. The programme was established to provide scientific advice to support management of the resource.
To date, over 750 bass have been tagged and 3,000 adult scale samples collected. The scales determine the age and growth rate, while tagging provides information on migration and habitat use.
Tagging results so far have shown that the specimens, in general, were recaptured within a short distance of their original capture site while some travelled up to 38km (24 miles). The duration of their time at liberty ranged from three to 298 days.
Bass is an angling-only species so it is important that anglers contribute information to support conservation management. Some opt for voluntary logbooks to provide information on catches, fish sizes and angling methods.
Scale sampling packs and logbooks are available from Inland Fisheries Ireland and feedback on scales received will be provided to individual anglers outlining fish age, year of spawning and growth rate.
A dedicated email address is now available to report details on bass caught and information to support the programme at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be relayed by calling 01-884 2600 (during office hours).
Dr Cathal Gallagher of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “If you catch a bass with a yellow tag, or a fouled tag, please don’t remove it from the fish. Simply clean the tag and note the tag code [eg. B-00001]. If possible take the length and weight of the fish, and five scales from behind the pectoral fin, before you release the fish alive.”
Please send the details, along with the date, location, name and your phone number to the email address above. Information on the original tagging location and date will be provided to those who report details.
For more information please visit: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Press-releases/inland-fisheries-ireland-calls-on-anglers-to-support-bass-conservation.html
All support is greatly appreciated.