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West's bass stocks decline 20% in a year

Scientists are warning that one of the most popular fish on restaurant menus in the West Country is in serious decline and two cold winters are partly to blame. But they also warn a lack of regulation of the fishing industry also plays a part.

Fishermen are reluctant for quotas to imposed and would rather see conservation measures put in place instead. Duncan Sleightholme reports

Sea bass in decline

Sea bass stocks in west country waters have plummeted to their lowest level for 20 years.

It's being blamed on a lack of regulation and an increased appetite for the fish.

Scientists are urging the EU to restrict wild catches by around a third to allow stocks to recover. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says sea bass numbers are "unacceptably low" but there are no current plans to restrict fishing.

Fishermen Credit: ITV News West Country