Charles Walker calls for a debate on minimum fishing net size

Charles Walker MP speaking in the House of Commons on fishing, 29 March 2019

Charles Walker calls for a debate on minimum fishing net size as too many immature bass are being caught before they have had a chance to spawn.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con)

Fish, Mr Speaker! Not kippers, which have much to recommend them, but bass. May we have an urgent debate on ​minimum fishing net size? Too many immature bass are being caught before they have had a chance to spawn, which is putting both the sport of recreational fishermen and the businesses of inshore fishermen at risk.

Andrea Leadsom

I know that my hon. Friend is a keen fisherman, and he never tells a fisherman’s tale, does he? No, never.

I think that we are all keen supporters of this important recreation. It is one of the most popular sports and it certainly adds to the happiness of the nation. The key point about leaving the European Union in this context is that we will be leaving the common fisheries policy, which means that we will be in charge of our own regulations. That will help our UK fishing sector and it will also help our recreational fishermen.

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