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Presentation about Sea Bass 29 August 2003

A leading British authority on sea bass will be visiting the Island next week to give a presentation about this species. Dr Graham Pickett is a scientist at the Lowestoft Laboratory of CEFAS (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science).

Dr Pickett is one of a team of scientists from CEFAS who, with their French colleagues in IFREMER (Institut fran?s de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea), have been studying sea bass.

Scientists believe that, since the 1980s, temperature changes may have affected the distribution and seasonal migrations of sea bass. Once a visitor to Manx waters at the northern end of its range, the sea bass appears to have increased in numbers in this area in recent years.

Dr Pickett has been involved in research in Cumbria and Lancashire to determine to what extent spawning and nursery grounds of sea bass have developed in the Irish Sea during that time.

Members of the Bass Anglers' Sportfishing Society have been involved in tagging sea bass to assist scientists in their research. Members of the Isle of Man Angling Federation have been greatly interested in developments. Dr Pickett's visit will give anglers and other interested parties an opportunity to find out more.

On Tuesday, the 2nd September at 7.00pm, Dr Pickett will be giving a presentation in the classroom at Knockaloe Farm in Patrick. All are very welcome to attend.

During Dr Pickett's visit, he will also be meeting officials of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and scientists from the University of Liverpool Port Erin Marine Laboratory.

Dr Pickett's visit has been arranged by Kevin Walmsley, the Secretary of the Isle of Man Angling Federation, and paid for by the Department.

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