Ongoing research projects: new data and knowledge about  European sea bass

(latest update: 14 Dec 2015)



"The overall aim of this project is to build the evidence-base and methods required to successfully manage the Europen sea bass, and understand how these can be applied to other species that are important to both commercial fishers and recreational anglers. This will be done through a process that engages and builds trust with stakeholders."

The contractor is CEFAS. C-Bass research is being carried out in collaboration with a steering and stakeholder group that includes people from the recreational and commercial fisheries, local and national government including policy makers, and the scientific community. Cefas is also collaborating with the French laboratory Ifremer, whose scientists are also releasing many tagged bass along the French coast (see "the BARGIP" project below).

Runs from 2013 to 2017
Cost: £362,013



"Acquisition of scientific data and knowledge to produce advices on integrated management of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) in North-East Atlantic."

Five priority actions have been defined:
- Action "Adult marking"
- Action "Professional fisheries data"
- Action "Nurseries"
- Action "Recreational Fishing" : Monitoring of the activity and its captures
- Action "Professional know-how" : Use of the empirical know-how of professional fishermen.

"The first 3 of these 5 actions constitute the Bargip project whose final objective is to contribute to the implementation of integrated management of the European sea bass populations of the North East Atlantic."

Contractor is IFREMER (French Ocean Research Institute) and the CNPMEM, assistant to the contracting authority. The project is funded by the DPMA (Direction of Maritime Fishing and Aquaculture) of the Ministry of Ecology, by FFP (France Filière Pêche) and by Ifremer. It also benefits from data relative to professional and recreational fishing produced by the SIH (Fisheries Information System funded by the European Union and Ifremer) and from the Data Collection Framework.

Runs from Sept 2013 to Dec 2017


IRELAND - National Bass Programme

"IFI has established a National Bass Programme to collect data on bass in order to provide scientific advice to support management and conservation of Ireland’s bass resource. Bass is Ireland’s only marine fish species which is managed for angling. The programme is being developed to determine the status of bass stocks and also to improve understanding of their ecology and biology in Ireland for the long-term sustainability of the species."

- Read more about the National Bass Programme
- Press release 27 Nov 2015: "Novel satellite tags deployed on bass in Ireland"

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