Marine Life Talk – 5 January 2012

Fishing for European Sea Bass

European Sea Bass: how do we restore UK stocks and why bother?, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –

by Nigel Horsman

Nigel Horsman of the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society, discusses the state of the UK’s bass stocks, the economics of commercial and recreational use of bass, and the simple measures that can be taken locally and nationally to improve bass stocks and simultaneously improve the profitability and sustainability of commercial bass fishing and generate significant economic growth for the UK from improved recreational angling for bass.

Nigel uses his business experience together with the perspective of a conservation minded angler to explore how we might better manage our bass resource (and other inshore fish) for long term ecological and economic gain.

Nigel Horsman is a businessman who, after 20 years in food manufacturing, sold his last business and turned his attention to doing more fishing. Nigel moved, with his family, to Dorset in 2004 with the hope of finding time to pursue a childhood dream of fishing for bass from Dorset’s wonderful coastline.

Once that ambition was fulfilled, Nigel was incredibly disappointed by the lack of reasonable sized fish and set out to find out what was happening. It soon became clear that bass were a high value fish for commercial fishermen to catch, that there was no protection for them from a catch quota, that technical protection measures were inadequate and that government were not actively managing this important resource.

Future Marine Life Talks at the National Oceanography Centre

02/02/12 Fluorescence in corals – Ed Smith

01/03/12 Ecosystem effects of deep-water oil well blowouts – Charlie Main

05/04/12 t.b.c.

03/05/12 Solent Aliens – Moira Maclean

Free admission – these talks are open to the public – please sign-in outside the Lecture Theatre upstairs on Level 4.

The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm.

The talks are accessible via stairs or a lift. Since the lift cannot be used in an emergency, evacuation of less able visitors is down the stairs via an evacuation chair. You are therefore required to notify us in advance of the presence of a wheelchair user or anyone with access issues likely to require use of an evacuation chair.

The National Oceanography Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Southampton’s Town Quay and Ocean Village).

Event dates: 
Thursday 5 January 2012 - 19:15 to 20:30