Перечень охотничьих угодий, на территории которых запрещается охота на гуся белолобого, гуся-гуменника, гуся серого, канадскую казарку, крякву, чирка-трескунка, чирка-свистунка, чернеть красноголовую, чернеть хохлатую в весенний сезон охоты
Officers of the State Inspectorate on Wildlife protection successfully completed a difficult job on incriminating a group of poachers who were fishing eels with the use of an aqualung, a GPS-navigator and an “electrical” fishing rod.
In the first six months the number of detected violations involving the use of “electrical” fishing rods increased: the Sate Inspectorate officials suppressed 17 such cases, whereas during the whole 2007 – there were only 19 cases. Alas, it proves that poachers didn’t desist from the use of such dangerous fishing gear. And a considerably higher number of violations detected is the result of closer attention that the State Inspectorate departments devote to this issue.
A conclusion can be made from experiences related to arrests of cheating fishermen that poachers sometimes use the benefits of the scientific progress even wider than certain state agencies. Illegal fishing gear, including electrical catching tools, has been improved constantly. Inspectors already encountered devices which can work under water without putting at risk a person who uses them. New fishing gear, banned in our country, appears. Poachers started using GPS-navigators – devices for orientation in the filed under any weather conditions.
After a briefing, a raid group under the command of the Quick response Directorate Chief, Sergey Maslovski, got authorized arms and set off for Lake Naroch. Information had been received that a whole group of poachers was involved there in illegal eel fishing. Diligent work on the analysis of the situation lay ahead. During several days and nights inspectors conducted covert surveillance over the water area. And finally they managed to track the poachers down.
Illegal fishing was carried out by a scuba diver, and from the bank and a boat this process was carefully monitored by his accomplices equipped with mobile connection. Experienced inspectors who had conducted dozens of successful arrests found themselves facing a very serious problem. It was necessary not to just arrest violators but to establish their guilt in committing an offence and to accomplish this it was necessary to dive to the depth of more than 10 meters.
The management of the State Inspectorate decided to involve in the operation a scuba instructor. On the spot an additional briefing was conducted and tactics of each participant of the operation defined. Then the plan was successfully implemented in practice.