2022 Bass Regulations

Last updated: 21/12/2021


The 2022 rules for bass fishing have been released.

Current bass authorisations continue to be valid until the end of 2021, please continue to refer to the Bass Fishing Guidance 2021 until 31 December 2021.

A summary of how these measures apply in the Eastern IFCA district is set out below. To read the full information on the rules, regulations and restrictions for bass fishing in 2022 published by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), please click here.

Commercial bass fishing

In 2022, all commercial fishermen will be authorised to catch and retain bass with demersal trawls and seines, in accordance with the specific limitations for each gear. No written authorisation is required for catching and retaining bass with demersal trawls and seines.

Subject to written authorisation, hooks and lines and fixed gillnets may be used in accordance with the specific limitations for each gear.

Restrictions, including that bass caught using trawls and seines remain subject to a 5% by weight of all marine organisms per trip and an unavoidable by-catch of 380kg per calendar month, still apply:

It is prohibited for commercial vessels to fish for bass during February and March 2022. Commercial fishing from the shore is prohibited throughout 2022.

In January 2022 and from 01 April 2022 until 31 December 2022 catch limitations dependent on gear type will apply, please refer to table 1 below for more information.

The demersal landing obligation will not apply to bass in 2022. This means that you must discard all bass that has not been caught within the limit for authorised gears.

Table 1: Commercial bass measures in January 2022 and from 1 April 2022 – 31 December 2022

  Demersal Trawls and Seines Hooks and Lines Fixed Gillnets All other gears (including drift nets)
Fishery restrictions Closed February and March 2022 Closed February and March 2022 Closed February and March 2022 All bass catches prohibited
Maximum catch limit Maximum 5% by weight of all marine organisms per trip. Unavoidable by-catch of 380kg per month 5.7 tonnes per year By-catch of 1.4 tonnes per year All bass catches prohibited
Authorisation required No Yes Yes All bass catches prohibited


Recreational bass fishing

Recreational fisheries, including from shore, are limited to catch and release from 01 January to 29 February (28 February in 2022) and 01 December to 31 December 2022.

From 1 March to 30 November 2022, not more than TWO bass may be retained per person per day. Any additional bass caught must be returned immediately to the sea.

The minimum conservation reference size for bass retained is 42cm.


Please follow the links below to download printable posters for the 2022 recreational bass measures:

A4 Poster


These posters can also be obtained from the Eastern IFCA office on request – see the contact us section to get in touch.

Please see the minimum sizes section of the website for information on other species in our district and more printouts.







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