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Salmon – 2009 campaign kicks off in Lithuania


Organised by the State Environmental Protection Inspectorate for the eighth year, Salmon – 2009, a campaign aimed at protecting salmon, fish included in the Red Book of Lithuania, kicked off on 1 September. The campaign will last until 20 November.

“In autumn, salmon and sea trout migrate to spawning areas and spawn,” Kęstutis Motiekaitis, the head of the Fauna Consumption Control Division of the Inspectorate, has said. “It is easier to catch them at this time of the year and therefore poachers become more active. Netting, pricking or hooking devices or even electric current are illegally used in fishing.”

The State Environmental Protection Inspectorate organises salmon protection campaigns according to Helsinki Commission Recommendation 19/2. The governments of the countries that have signed this recommendation are recommended to take all possible measures to improve the environmental conditions in present and potential salmon habitats in rivers, thus facilitating natural salmon reproduction in future. The measures set out in the Salmon 1997–2010 action plan of IBSFC (International Baltic Sea Fishery Commission) are implemented during the campaign as well. Owing to successful campaigns carried out in recent years, salmon and sea trout resources in Lithuanian waters are increasing at a fast pace.

During the campaign, environmental protection officers will watch water bodies where, according to scientists, the most intensive migration of salmon and sea trout occurs, namely the coastal area of the Baltic Sea, in the Curonian Lagoon, the Nemunas delta region and the River Nemunas, and the biggest spawning grounds are found, i.e. the rivers Neris, Žeimena, Mera, Vilnelė, Šventoji and Siesartis. The control of commercial, amateur and special fishing in the above water bodies will be stepped up, vehicles driven by suspected offenders will be stopped and checked, and environmental information will be provided to local residents and persons checked during the campaign.

Public Information Division

28 August 2009

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas