Cattewater Harbour Commissioners recently removed these illegal nets from the River Plym as a hazard to navigation. 

Please be aware that it is illegal to use fixed nets for recreational fishing purposes to catch and retain bass and that fishing for bass, or fishing for any species of sea fish using Sand Eels (Ammodytidae spp) as bait, by any fishing boat within any part of the Plymouth Rivers Bass Nursery Area is prohibited all year.

In accordance with the Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (D&S IFCA) Bass Compliance Direction – 2020, recreational fishers are able to:

  • Catch and Release only in the months of January, February and December.
  • 2 bass per fisher, per day during the months March to November inclusive.
  • Fixed nets cannot be used to catch or retain bass.

Any person found breaching the legislation outlined above may be subject to enforcement action including receiving a Financial Administrative Penalty (FAP) or court proceedings.

https://www.devonandsevernifca.gov.uk/Enforcement-Legislation/Bass-Compliance-Direction