4. Letter Karmenu Vella

L. Kerosieriui Iki pareikalavimo, Centrinis paštas, Vilnius, tel. 8674 38465, e. p. leonaslabora@gmail.com

To: Karmenu Vella EU Commissioner for the environment, maritime affairs and fisheries

For illegally banning commercial fishing and ignoring the Lithuanian
authorities to solve the problems

By Order No D1-267 of 8 March 2010, Minister of Environment Gediminas Kazlauskas prohibited commercial fishing in Kaunas Reservoir and the upper basin of Kruonis Pumped Storage Plant (KPSP) as of 1 January 2013.
On 17 May 2013 Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis issued the order prohibiting commercial fishing in all inland waters as of 1 January 2015, with the exception of the Curonian Lagoon and the specialised fishing of certain.

According to the opinion of many fishermen entrepreneurs, specialists, scientists, lawyers, civil servants and politicians from the day of publication these orders are illegal and meaningless, because they contradict Article 6 (1) of the Law on Fisheries of the Republic of Lithuania.
Since the publication of these orders, members of the Associations of "Fishermen's Chamber", fishermen-entrepreneurs, specialists, scientists, civil servants, lawyers, politicians have repeatedly visited the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture, meetings of Seimas committees, special events and meetings of fishermen's communities and tried to ascertain the supremacy of the LR fisheries law over these commandments. On these issues, representatives of the fishing communities visited advisers of the President of the Republic of Lithuania and the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. However, no one has taken the initiative to address these issues in depth and to revoke the unlawful orders.
Please note that the Ministry of the Environment often did not respond to government orders, inquiries or requests.

WE NOTICE that in the neighboring states of Latvia, Poland, Belarus and Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation, BUSINESS FISHING IS ALLOWED AND PROMOTED.
PLEASE initiate your deliberations to abolish the MISLEADED ORDERS and allow commercial fishing in inland waters.
Please find attached explanatory note with 32 appendices, 102 pages.

President Leonas Kerosierius

Chairman of the council Vytautas Vaitiekūnas

Pasiteiravimui: L. Kerosierius tel. + 370 652 77987
V. Vaitiekūnas tel. + 370 611 61779
El. p. leonaske@takas.lt
Adresas: Leonui Kerosieriui Balsių g. 59, LT-08400, Vilnius, Lietuva