Over one million litas for fish stocking2013-01-15
Over one million litas earned from sale of amateur fishing permits has been earmarked this year to fish stocking in lakes. According to the Minister of Environment, Valentinas Mazuronis, this is the first time when the ministry is allocating funding for this purpose.
The Minister adds that, in view of research and recommendations, juvenile fish aged at least six months will be stocked in lakes instead of juveniles or grown juveniles. Their survival percentage is far greater than that of juveniles.
“I hope that in the future we will be able to allocate even more funding to fish stocking. We must increase fish stocks at least to ensure that people who want to fish don’t need to travel to Scandinavia or other countries, like now. There must be enough fish in Lithuania, too,” Mazuronis says.
Research has shown that the fish stocks are exhausted in many Lithuanian lakes. According to the general impact index, 84 per cent of all examined lakes and 30 per cent of rivers experience a strong impact from fishing. The valuable fish species are exposed to excessive catching, many water bodies are short of predatory fish and are dominated by low-value fish. The latter comprise around 70 per cent of relative biomass. The fastest, and for some water bodies, the only possible way to restore stocks is to stock fish.
For instance, the commercial catch in Kaunas Lagoon before 2010 was around 150 tons per year. The fish stocks have been decreasing there regularly since 1998. Fishing efficiency went down year by year, fewer breams, roaches and pikeperches within older age groups were caught and the stocks of asps were dropping rapidly. From 2007 to 2009 alone the total biomass of fish in Kaunas Lagoon decreased by 149 tons.
Contribution of the public plays an important role in preventing violations. The Ministry of Environment appreciates every report of poaching. Violations should be reported immediately to the Living Nature Protection Inspectorate of the Environmental Department of the region where the violation was noticed or to the regional agency.
Information of the Ministry of Environment, phone 8~701 91868