Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas says “no” to the development of commercial fishing2018-02-21
“We will not return to the times when commercial fishing was allowed in hundreds of Lithuanian lakes, and fish stocks were shrinking dramatically. Only specialised commercial fishing is permitted now. It includes several times fewer lakes than previously, and the condition of fish stocks is improving, so in fact there are no reasons for changing the fishing procedure”, says Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas.
The tougher controls on fishing, restrictions on the commercial fishing of certain fish species and other measures applied in recent years have contributed to increased fish stocks. From 2011 to 2017, the total stock biomass and the average fish weight in lakes enlarged about 1.5 times on average, and the catch value even quadrupled from the decade ago. Angling creates higher value added, compared to commercial fishing.
“The Ministry of Environment is ready to discuss proposals on how to regulate the conditions of the traditional fishing trade in order to promote tourism and conserve national heritage. This sphere should receive more support through the development of small business and the preservation of the live tradition”, says the Minister.
According to him, the Ministry of Environment is sceptical about the proposals of the parliamentary Rural Affairs Committee to modify the management of the fishing sector by delegating the control on fishing in maritime waters to the Ministry of Environment and the regulation of fishing in inland waters to the Ministry of Agriculture. This would require a detailed analysis and assessment of the costs and true benefit of such reform.
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