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GIFAP ‘encouraged’ after meeting on bass with French government officials

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GIFAP President Hugues Nello (left) and Director Stephane Sence at the Elysée Palace, in Paris.

GIFAP, the tackle industry’s governing body in France, has been encouraged by a recent meeting with representatives of the French government over the future of bass fishing.

President Hugues Nello and Director Stephane Sence met with the agricultural, forestry and fisheries adviser to the President to voice the concerns of the Bass Collective, which aims to defend recreational sea fishing for bass, while ensuring protection of the resource.

This follows the European Commission’s decision in December that prevents anglers from keeping bass. French President Emmanuel Macron and the Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, have since been ‘attentive to GIFAP requests and proposals’, says GIFAP, and have expressed regret that the information did not reach them in time to mobilise French diplomacy.

President Macron had not been alerted to the subject until February 15th during a hearing he had granted to Willy Schraen, President of the National Federation of Hunters.

GIFAP considers the legislation unreasonable and points to the lack of a serious study to ‘correctly evaluate’ the demands on the resource. “We ask for a simple procedure that will provide better understanding of the harvesting of bass by recreational fishermen in order to put an end to the erroneous statements being circulated,” says a statement by the trade organisation.

GIFAP insists that measures identical to those imposed in 2017 should again be implemented, to allow the catching of one bass per day north of the 48th parallel from July to December.

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