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An athletic, predatory fish found in coastal areas around Europe, bass is prized by anglers and chefs. It has delicious white flesh and beautiful sivery scales with robust spiney fins and a powerful tail. Sadly bass have been over fished in European waters and as a result bass is not recommended by Cornwall Good Seafood Guide. Of the bass availalble the best Choice is Cornish line caught bass caught by licenced commercial fishermen.
How we rate fish
Cornwall Good Seafood Guide rates fish on sustainability using a scale of 1 to 5.
1, 2 and 3 are recommended, Fish to avoid are rated 5.
We use the system devised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) so our scores are comparable with the scores produced by MCS for the UK and fisheries from all around the world. For more information on scoring click here.
Summary of new Bass fishing regulations released Feb 2017
- Fixed Gillnets: May retain up to 250kg of bass per month as an unavoidable bycatch when targeting other species.
- Hooks and Lines: May retain up to 10 tonnes of bass during period 1 January 2017- 31 December 2017. However it is prohibited to catch and retain bass with hooks and lines in February and March.
- Demersal trawls and seines: may retain up to 3% of the total weight of marine organisms retained on-board per day as an unavoidable bycatch, up to a maximum of 400kg per month.