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Please, if you have any interest in the future of bass fishing

"Protect you sport and have your say" - this is from an email I have just been sent, via John Quinlan at IrishBass.org. Please read this blog post through. Many thanks. It is vital that we as anglers give our thoughts and opinions over when we are given a chance like this. Even if you have no interest in going fishing in Ireland, stand up and at least register your interest in protecting a fishery like this. One small step leads who knows where ?

There is currently a consultation process about biodiversity in County Wexford (Ireland). The marine environment and the species that inhabit that environment are very much part of that biodiversity. We as anglers now have a unique opportunity to show Wexford County Council that the bass we fish for are a vital part of the inshore marine biodiversity of the county. The lack of an unsustainable and environmentally destructive commercial fishery for bass and the benefit of anglers sustainable and environmentally friendly exploitation of that bass stock are vital, both to the protection of biodiversity along the coastline and also the economic benefit of the coastal communities of Wexford.

Bass angling as a method of exploitation delivers the perfect mix of both fish and habitat protection with negligible interference with other marine creatures and habitat. Therefore we need to urge Wexford County Council in respect of their commitment to protect and enhance biodiversity to do all in its power to maintain Ireland's bass protection legislation. The benefits both to the environment and the economy demand that our bass legislation be kept in place.

You can do your bit to help by drafting a simple email explaining that you either already visit Wexford or plan to do so in the future to enjoy a bass angling experience. Simply outline to them that the bass stock along its coast are in your opinion an integral and vital part of its biodiversity and your actions do virtually nothing to damage that biodiversity while at the same time greatly benefiting the local coastal economies.

Sadly, time is very limited, the closing date for submission is Friday 28th January so we need to act now. Simply email your views to: forwardplanning@wexfordcoco.ie before the closing date. It will only take a few minutes but could make a big difference. In case you get any problems with that email address, here it is without the link : forwardplanning@wexfordcoco.ie