Six-month statistics: 3 poaches caught daily2015-08-19
The first six months of this year were full of work for wildlife protectors: they identified over 2,600 violations, of which 600 qualify as serious violations.
Officers of environmental protection departments of all regions on average identified 14 wildlife violations daily, of which 3 qualified as serious violations.
“Statistics show that this year the number of wildlife violations identified is 20% higher compared to last year. The establishment of the new environmental hotline and the new working regime of officers – staying on duty – have certainly contributed to these results. The officers were assisted by numerous conscientious people who noticed the violations and communicated them to the officers,” vice-minister of the environment Linas Jonauskas said.
For the 2,639 violations committed, over EUR 137,000 of fines were imposed; the violators will also have to compensate for the damage to the natural environment in the amount exceeding EUR 122,000. This year, similarly to previous year, the greatest number of violations concerned violations of fishing rules (nearly 2,300 instances were recorded). Also, 244 violations of the hunting rules were identified, of which 78 qualify as serious violations.
The greatest number of violations were identified and most fines were imposed by officers of Klaipėd region (724 violations, over EUR 38,000 of fines imposed), Vilnius region (397 violations, over EUR 23,000 of fines imposed), and Kaunas region (354 violations, nearly EUR 23,000 of fines imposed).
Over the past six months, on average 3 nets were sequestered from violators daily. Furthermore, 14 rifles, over 180 other prohibited hunting tools, 54 water vehicles, and 4 cars were sequestered.
Public Information Unit
19 August 2015