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Fish-selling and buying-up forbidden for recreational fishermen
Thursday, March 18, 2004

The Fishing Act, entered into force at the beginning of 2004, bans the selling and buying of fish for recreational fishermen, as of March this year, a practice which is particularly wide-spread in the vicinity of Lake Peipsi and near Pärnu. The issuers of the legislation are of the opinion that purchasing of fish does actually mean the buying of fish in large quantities for business purposes and this can only be done by entrepreneurs recognised pursuant to the Food Act. The Fishing Act specifies the concept of commercial fishermen - this comprises persons who are registered in the commercial register as entrepreneurs, with fishing as their recorded area of activity. The question as to what would happen in the Peipsi area where fishermen have traditionally been used to catch and sell fish, and in Ida-Viru County where hundreds of redundant miners earn additional income by way of fishing, was answered by Ain Soome, Head of the Fish Resource Department, Ministry of the Environment - “It is necessary to make clear distinctions between recreational fishermen and commercial fishermen. Recreational ones catch fish primarily for their own needs and for spending leisure time. By alleviating social problems in Lake Peipsi area and Ida-Viru County in this manner, we would soon find ourselves in a situation where there is nothing left for catching - not for commercial fishermen neither for the recreational fishermen,” said Soome. Based on materials in Virumaa Teataja and Päevaleht


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