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Guidance was initially published by the Marine Management Organisation on 31 January 2017 to assist industry in understanding their obligations and the various requirements in respect of fishing for bass, as set out in Article 9 of Council Regulation (EU) 2017/127. Letters are being sent to all commerical fishermen within England and Wales who, based on their catch track records, have authorisation to catch bass, and to those who do not have such authorisation.
To ensure compliance, the Marine Management Organisation will continue to engage with industry via regionally based staff to raise awareness of the rules, ensuring they are understood and individuals can access the right information easily. Where these rules are broken a proportionate and appropriate approach to enforcement action will be taken.