End the overfishing of seabass, says Meon Valley MP

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MEON Valley MP George Hollingbery has predicted that commercial overfishing of seabass will cause the population to collapse unless reductions are made to catches.

Leading a parliamentary debate on the issue, George said that the exploitation of seabass has hugely increased in recent years with current landings running at about four times the levels of the early 1990s.

George, who is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling, also called for a move away from commercial fishing to recreational fishing of seabass, which studies say contributes more to the economy than commercial fishing.