About fishing nets

Recently the State Inspectorate on Wildlife Protection under the President of the Republic of Belarus has been receiving numerous inquiries concerning the use of netting gear by people during recreational fishing.

The State Inspectorate on Wildlife Protection under the President of the Republic of Belarus deems it necessary to give its opinion on this subject.

The issue related to permission to use netting gear for recreational fishing has been brought up more than once before. According to the order of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection as of June 30th, 1999, No. 188 “On approval of regulations for paid recreational fishing including underwater hunting and procurement of water invertebrates for personal consumption and of a list of water bodies to arrange paid recreational fishing” local executive and regulatory agencies were given the right to organize fishing with netting gear at a number of water bodies whose list was approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection every five years, as well as at fishing areas, rented to organize paid recreational fishing. This document was in force for six years (expired on February 28th, 2006), however over this time none of the district executive committees took decision to organize recreational fishing with netting gear for people.

At present the possibility of giving individuals the right to use netting gear in recreational fishing is being examined by state fishing monitoring agencies. The decision on this issue will be based on conclusions made by experts of the National Academy of Science including assessment of possible environmental risks. During this procedure opinion of the citizens of the Republic of Belarus including that of recreational fishermen will be taken into account.

From its experience the State Inspectorate on Wildlife Protection under the President of the Republic of Belarus is of the opinion that giving individuals the right to use netting gear for fishing will entail negative consequences including depletion of fishery reserves at fishing areas of the Republic. The State Inspectorate on Wildlife Protection under the President of the Republic of Belarus doesn’t support such a decision.