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Cornish sea anglers protest at EU rules favouring commercial fishermen

Sea anglers on Perranuthnoe Beach near Penzance Photo: ITV News West Country

Sea anglers in Cornwall are protesting against new EU regulations which prevent them from keeping a single bass until July 1st and only one fish a day after that.

But at the same time as the ban, commercial fishermen will be allowed to catch even more of the endangered species, 1.3 tonnes per month.

Malcolm Gilbert has been angling for more than 50 years and says he is furious with Brussels for imposing these rules.

He along with many others are getting together to fight the fisheries' ministry decision that he says ‘threatens their sport and livelihoods and is completely unfair.’

“Everyone has a part to play to address long-term decline in bass stocks. The measures we have put in place strike the right balance to move towards sustainable fishing. “Recreational angling contributes to bass mortality and anglers must play their part in overall reductions in bass catches. We fought hard for anglers to be able to enjoy fishing all year, even though they have to release what they catch for six months.”

– DEFRA statement