www.fisheryabc.eu

 

Home

 

LT EN

 

IN THE FACE OF COVID-19


On 18 June 2020, in his annual report to the Seimas, the President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda spoke: “… It is a shame that we have lowered the level of political responsibility of high-ranking government officials to the bottom. Meaning, all actions that are not punishable by imprisonment are legal and lawful. There is no way we can solve the long-standing problems, because we are not looking at what is being offered, but at what is being offered…”



To:
Ms Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
Mr Charles Michel President of the European Council
Mr Virginijus Sinkevicius . Member of the European Commission for the Environment oceans and fisheries
Mr QU Dongyu Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations
To the European Court of Human Rights
Members of the European Parliament

To:
Mr Donald Trump of the President of the USA
Mr Xi Jinping of the President of the Republic of China
Mr Boris Johnson British Prime Minister
Mr Emmanuel Macron of the President of Franc
Ms Kersti Kaljulaid President of the Republic of Estonia
Mr Egils Levits President of the Respublic of Latvia
Mr Andržej Duda President of the Respublic of Poland
Mr Stefan Lofven Prime Minister of the Sweden
Ms Angela Merkel Cancler of Germany

To:
Mr Gitanas Nausėda President of the Republic of Lithuania
Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė President of the Republic of Lithuania
Mr Viktoras Pranckietis Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Mr Saulius Skvernelis Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania
Mr Dainius Žalimas The President of the Constitutional Court
Ms Sigita Rudėnaitė President of the Supreme Court of Lithuania
Mr Gintaras Kryževičius President of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania
Mr Augustinas Normantas head of the parliamentary Ombudsmen's Office
Mr Andrius Palionis Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
Mr Kęstutis Mažeika Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania
Mr Andriejus Stančikas Chairman of the Committee on Rural Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Mr Juozas Imbrasas Chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Mr Linas Kukuraitis Minister of social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania
Mr Rimantas Sinkevičius Minister of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania
Ms Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė the Chair of the Committee on Social Affairs and Labour of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Mr Valerijus Simulik the Chair of the Committee on Human Rights of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Chairman of the Committee on Economics of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Ms Inga Ruginienė President of Lithuanian Trade union confegeration
Members of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
FISHERMEN
The Media

IN THE FACE OF COVID-19
REGARDING ALLOCATION OF LIMITS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING for roach, perch, crucian carp, pike, bream, tench, redeye, zander, zool bream IN STATE AND LEASED LAKES, PONDS AND KAUNAS LAGOON
Vilnius, 26.07.2020

We are writing this letter to you when the COVID-19 pandemic devastates and continues to ravage and when the world’s leading scientists, specialists and politicians explain that an even stronger wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may come.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, world leaders and politicians have taken the most active steps to stop the movement of people, indoor training for schoolchildren and students, tourism, sports and artistic events, religious services and business have stopped – STATES STAYED IN ISOLATION BETWEEN THEIR BORDERS.

For this occasion, I had prepared information on the state of fishing in Lithuanian lakes and ponds and posted it on the website www.ficheryabc.eu

However, due to the announced corona virus, the conference in Vietnam was canceled.

On 23.02.2020, I sent this information to the approximately 600 electronic addresses of Lithuanian institutions, including the President, the Speaker of the Seimas, the Prime Minister, members of Parliament, the Government, politicians, specialists of associations of fishermen, fishermen, specialists of fishing regions, amateur fishermen associations. In that document, I would set out very briefly the situation that no limits have been issued for commercial fishing in lakes, Kaunas lagoon and ponds since 1 January 2015. I REMINDED that since the beginning of the world, entrepreneurs have been allowed to fish in lakes and ponds. I NOTED that leaders from all over the world are promoting small-scale fishing business and the sale of fresh fish.

Therefore, once again, we kindly ask to ALLOCATE limits for fishing of roach, perch, crucian carp, pike, bream, tench, redeye, zander, zool bream in 35 state water bodies, in Kaunas lagoon, ponds at least at the level of 2012 and REJECT the draft project of the Law on Fisheries of the Republic of Lithuania. PLEASE CREATE WORKPLACES FOR COMMERCIAL FISHERIES, REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL SEPARATION IN LITHUANIA.

This is a concise summary of the thoughts that have been presented since 2007 in about 140 letters to Lithuanian leaders, politicians, responsible institutions, and the mass media.

A. ALLOCATION OF LIMITS AND STATUS OF FISH RESOURCES

Limits for commercial fishing are allocated in accordance with the Law on Fisheries of the Republic of Lithuania, which states that commercial fishing is permitted in accordance with the data of fisheries research in inland water bodies larger than 200 ha. There are 99 such state water bodies.


WE PROVIDE INFORMATION ON ALLOCATION OF LIMITS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING IN 2012 and information in red about the allocation of limits in 2011 and FISH RESOURCES:

 

Eil.

Nr.

 

Name of water bodies

 Inland waters territory (ha)  

Limit set by Ministry of Environment (kg)

  Total

From:

 

 

 Pikes

(Esox lucius)

Tenches

(Tynca tinca)

Breams

(Abramis

brama)

Pike perches (Stizostedion liucoperca)

 

 State water bodies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.

Didžiulis (Daugų)

    910,8

   11500

  500

   700

  1700

 

  2.

Drūkšiai

 3622,2

   14250 

 1125

  1125  

  1950

 

  3.

Dusia

 2334,0

   12600

   500  

        0

  1500

 

  4.

Metelys

 1289,5

     8000

   800

        0

  3000

 

  5.

Aisetas

  502,1

      620 

     50

        0

    200

 

  6.

Baltieji Lakajai

  699,8

     2800

   260

        0

    300

 

  7.

Bebrusai

  367,4

     2200

   170

        0

        0

 

  8.

Stirniai

  855,4

    3000

   300

        0

    900

 

  9.

Kretuonas

  861,0

    2600

   100

        0

  1000

 

 10.

Alaušas

 1071,1

    1200

   300

        0

   400

 

 11.

Luodis

 1287,6

  11000

   600

    700

  2200

    200

 12.

Kauno marios

 6350,0

  68000

       0

        0

  6530

  

 13.

Kruonio HAE tvenkinys

  302,0

  15000

       0

        0

  3000

   

  

  TOTAL 13 lakes:

20452,9

 152770 

  4705

  2525

 22680

    200

 

In 2011, limits were allocated on 14 lakes

 

  21026,3

  1555225

  4805

   2525

 23880

    200

 

State water bodies leased for commercial fishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.

Jurgiškio (Suosos)

   208,7

     1100

    340

   

   200

 

  2.

Nevėža

   156,1

     2100

    390

    300

   450

 

  3.

Svėdaso

  124,2

     2200

    200

    100

   1000

 

  4.

Gavys

   124,3

     1655

    160

    220

    115

 

  5.

Dūkštas

   519,9

     4689

    432

   1084

    954

 

  6.

Pakalas

   62,8

       750

     70

  

    150

 

  7.

Galstas

   385,6

      2980

    230

    450

    770

 

  8.

Šlavantas

   187,3

     1330

    190

    130

   160

 

  9.

Zapsis

   190,4

     1578

    318

    392

    517

 

  10.

Vernijis

   179,4

     2160

    320

    160

    750

 

  11.

Alaušai

    262,0

     3242

    200

       0

   1230

 

  12.

Dūriai

    274,3

     2840

    250

    340

    800

 

  13.

Makys

    169,4

     1400

    150

    100

    250

 

  14.

Pravalas

    262,4

     4644

   1390

    262

   1154

 

  15.

Motiejūnų HE tv

     86,9

     2160

    360

     60

    180

 

  16.

Vajuonis

    231,2

       750

     50

      0

        0

 

  17.

Bagdanoniu v. c.

     95,5

     1520

     90

   180

    500

 

  18.

Samis

     68,9

      450

     50

    200

        0

 

  19.

Lielukas

     91,1

      455

     85

     50     

     35

    160

  20.

Avilio ež. dalis

    566,1

     1886

     253

       0

    736

 

  21.

Avilio ež. dalis

    658,0

     2214

     297

       0

    864

 

  22.

Vasaknas

     73,5

      614

      80

       0

    300

 

 

  TOTAL 22 lakes:

   3901,6

  42717

  5905

   4068

 11115

     160

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ALTOGETHER. 2012 m 35 lakes

  24354,5

  195487

  10610

   6593

  33795

     360

 

In 2011, limits were  allocated on 27 leased lakes

 

   5956,4

   26488

  3709

  2076

   5461

     250

 

 IŠ VISO  2011 m 41 ežeras:

  26982,7

  1581713

  8514

  4601

  29341

     450

IT SHOULD BE NOTED that lake tenants have not had the right to catch any fish with commercial fishing gear since 01.01.2015, as they will be punished. These bans are very detrimental to the organization of rural tourism, as Lithuania is a land of lakes: there around 3000 of lakes, 1500 of ponds and around 29 thousand of rivers, streams and canals.

On 29.06.2016, Lithuanian Fisheries Council, established as an advisory body by the order of the Ministers of Agriculture and Environment, which includes the most prominent scientists in the field of fisheries, including 3 Lithuanian scientific laureates, representatives of ministries and the State Food and Veterinary Service, leaders of fisheries, fish farming, fisheries regions, fish processing and of fishermen’s associations, and the most famous fisheries specialists STATED: The condition of fish resources in most of the studied water bodies is good, only condition of 10% of water bodies is poor or moderate; Use fish resources rationally, using only about 50 percent of fish stocks for recreational fishermen.

. The recommended catch limits for the production of the recommended fish in the 68 researched water bodies exceeding 200 ha, total area thereof amounting to 41,463 ha, are the following: Perca fluviatilis: 142,627 kg, which constitutes 16.33 percent, Carassius carassius: 7,836 kg (0.9 percent), Esoxlucius: 23,864 kg (2.73 percent), Tinca Tinca: 33,946 (3.89 percent), Abramis brama: 126,876 (14.53 percent), Sander lucioperca: 9,627 kg (1.1 percent), Rutilus rutilus: 270,390 kg (30.97 percent), Blicco bjoerkna: 94,419 percent (10.81 percent), Scardinius erythroph thalmus: 13,035 kg (1.49 percent), other fish: 150,570 kg (17.24 percent), total: 873,190 kg. We hereby attach the recommended catch limit table (see Chapter 6 on the website)


On 07.04.2017, Minister of Environment K. Navickas provided the information that in 2011–2016, the total fish biomass in the 384 lakes and ponds researched increased 1.5 times while the average fish weight increased 1.3 to 1.4 times

IT IS A PARADOX - fish biomass increased 1.5 times in 2011-2016, but this does not allow entrepreneurs to fish in lakes since 01.01.2015.

IT IS KNOWN that about 10-20% older fish die naturally every year. Some of their entrepreneurs could catch up and bring to market.
The state allocates about 8 million euros annually for the administration, conservation, research and reproduction of fish resources every year. The state-maintained 7 fish breeding companies breed fish in lakes, rivers and ponds. However, lake fishermen entrepreneurs are not allowed to catch any fish. This means that Lithuanian leaders and politicians have special respect for amateur fishermen, BECAUSE MORE VOTES ARE EXPECTED FROM THEM IN THE ELECTIONS THAN FROM FISHERS-ENTREPRENEURS.
IT SHOUND BE KNOWN that fishing in lakes, with a limit of about 3 tons, lasts about 3-5 months and can add about 20-30 percent to the fisherman’s budget. Many fishermen entrepreneurs own their own homesteads in rural areas and are engaged in agriculture, business, tourism and render services.

All this information confirms that commercial fish stocks were abundant. Due to the fact that no limits have been set for commercial fishing in lakes since 1 January 2015, fish stocks have further increased. Knowing that the number of people in Lithuania has decreased, and teenagers and schoolchildren are less and less interested in recreational fishing, because they spend their free time on computers and mobile phones, this has significantly increased fish stocks.

B. APPLICATION FOR ALLOCATION OF LIMITS

On May 1, 2020, on the day of celebration World Labour Day, we applied to the leaders of Lithuania:

“ŽUVININKŲ RŪMAI” THE ALLIANCE OF ASSOCIATIONS
To L. Kerosierius, on request, Central Post Office, Vilnius, tel + 370 674 38465, e-mail leonaslabora@gmail.com

To His Excellency Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Lithuania
To Viktoras Pranckietis, the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
To Saulius Skvernelis, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania
To the members of the “Žuvininkų rūmai” Alliance of Associations

REGARDING ALLOCATION OF LIMITS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING FOR 2020 for roach, perch, crucian carp, pike, bream, tench, redeye, zander, zool bream
Vilnius, 01.05.2020

PLEASE allocate limits for commercial fishing for 2020 for roach, perch, crucian carp, pike, bream, tench, redeye, zander, zool bream fishing in state and leased lakes, ponds and Kaunas Lagoon.

President of the “Žuvininkų rūmai” Alliance of Associations L. Kerosierius
Chairman of the Board V. Vaitiekūnas

Tel. +370 674 38465, e-mail leonaslabora@gmail.com


LITHUANIAN LEADERS RESPONDED QUICKLY:


On 04.05.2020, Office of the Government of Lithuania with the letter No. S-1789
To the Ministry of Environment
Copy
“Žuvininkų rūmai” Alliance of Associations
ON THE TRANSMISSION OF A LETTER
We are sending you the letter of 1 May 2020 of “Žuvininkų rūmai” Alliance of Associations. Please examine this letter in accordance with the law and inform the applicant of the results
(send a copy to the Government Office).
ADDED. 1 page.
Head of the Economic Policy Group Lina Liubauskaitė


On 04.05.2020, the Chancellery of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania replied:
Hello, Your application for the allocation of limits for commercial fishing at the Chancellery of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania was received and registered in accordance with the procedure established by the Rules of Examination of Applications and Complaints and Servicing of Persons in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania under the Order No. 1795 of 19 September 2007 of the Seimas Board of the Republic of Lithuania and the Chancellery of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, and referred to the Seimas Committee on Rural Affairs by order of Viktoras Pranskietis, the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.
Birutė Baltrušaitytė, Public Relations Adviser

On 06.05.2020, Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania with the letter No.(1D-2148)-2D
To President L. Kerosierius and
Chairman of the Board V. Vaitiekūnas
of “Žuvininkų rūmai” Alliance of Associations
REGARDING APPLICATION OF THE “ŽUVININKŲ RŪMAI” ALLIANCE OF ASSOCIATIONS
Dear Sirs,
We examined your application addressed to the President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda “Regarding allocation of limits for commercial fishing for 2020 for roaches, perches, crucian carps, pikes, breams, tenches, redeyes, zanders, zool breams”.
Taking into account your questions, we have forwarded the application to the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Lithuania. You will be answered according to competence.
Thank you for your application.
Sincerely
Head of the department Asta Bogušienė

2020-06-23 Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania letter Nr. (65)-D8(E)-3377 to the Union of Associations “Žuvininkų rūmai” (“Fishermen palace”) and a copy The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania submitted paper

Copy of electronic document


/Coat of arms/


MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

Budgetary institution, A. Jakšto str. 4, LT-01105 Vilnius, tel. 8 706 63661, fax. 8 706 63663, e-mail info@am.lt, http://am.lrv.lt. Data is collected and stored in the Register of Legal Entities, code 188602370


Union of Associations „Žuvininkų rūmai“ 05/2020 No. (12)-D8(E)-
Copy To: 01/05/2020 No.

The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lthuania 04/05/2020
22/05/2020


REGARDING COMMERCIAL FISHING IN INLAND WATER BODIES



The Ministry of the Environment, having analysed your letters of 1 May 2020, 14 May 2020 and 22 May 2020 regarding commercial fishing in inland waters, informs that specialized fishing for vendace, smelt, river lamprey and migratory eel is allowed in state inland waters in accordance with the procedure established by the minister of environment. Other types of commercial fishing are allowed only in the Curonian Lagoon, lower Nemunas polders and private inland water bodies. We believe that this is a rational and well-formulated provision, the arguments of which have been presented to you several times by the Ministry of Environment in letters during the period of 2016-2019.

Research reports on fish stocks in state inland water bodies can be found on the website of the Ministry of Environment www.am.lt under the heading “Areas of activity” - “Nature protection” - “Fishing” and on the website of the Environmental Protection Agency gamta.lt under the heading “Publications and reports” – “Research reports”.
We remind you that Clause 12 of the Rules for Examination of Applications of Persons and their Service in Public Administration Institutions, Bodies and Other Public Administration Entities, approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania under the Resolution no. 875 of 22 August 2007 “On the Rules for Examining and Serving Applications of Persons in Public Administration Institutions, Bodies and Other Public Administration Entities and Approving the Form of a Request, Complaint or Other Document Confirming the Fact of Admission”, provides that an application submitted by the same person within one year on the same question which the institution has already examined and answered, or, if it appears that the same matter has been addressed by a court, shall not be re-examined unless new circumstances giving rise to the request are identified or additional arguments are presented causing doubts on validity of the previous answer.
This decision may be appealed to the Central Commission for Administrative Disputes or the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court in accordance with the procedure established by the Law on Administrative Proceedings of the Republic of Lithuania not later than within 1 month from the date of receipt of this decision.

Deputy Minister of Environment Justina Grigaravičienė
Giedrius Ladukas, 8 696 75865, e-mail giedrius.ladukas@am.lt


IT IS KNOWN that the Presidency, the Seimas and the Government employ highly qualified specialists, lawyers and fisheries experts with extensive experience. It is probable that they pointed out that the Ministry of Environment exceeded the deadline for submitting a response by 3 weeks (the letter of 1 May 2020 was answered on 23 June 2020). They probably noted that one letter responded to 3 letters (to the letters of May 01, 14 and 22). The reply does not provide any information regarding the request dated 01.05.2020: “WE REQUEST TO ALLOCATE LIMITS FOR commercial fishing for fishing roaches, perches, crucian carps, pikes, breams, tenches, redeyes, zanders, zool breams in state and leased lakes, ponds and Kaunas Lagoon for 2020”. EVERYONE KNOWS that the limits for commercial fishing are set in accordance with the Law on Fisheries of the Republic of Lithuania, which clearly states that commercial fishing is allowed in accordance with the data of fisheries research in inland water bodies larger than 200 ha. Employees of the Presidency, the Seimas and the Government probably pointed out that according to the same law, limits were set until 1 January 2015. It should be noted that during the last five years, according to scientific research, commercial fish stocks were abundant, as on 07.07.2017, K. Mažeika, Minister of Environment explained that the fish biomass increased by 1.5 times in the 384 lakes analyzed in 2011-2016. There were no FORCE MAJEURE circumstances in Lithuania, therefore there should be no reason to prohibit commercial fishing in lakes, Kaunas lagoon and ponds.
We are convinced that the responsible employees informed the President, the Speaker of the Seimas and the Prime Minister about the letter of the Ministry of Environment, as we have not seen such a vague, twisted and evasive answer before.

C. HISTORICAL CONTEXT

WE INFORM YOU that the responsible authorities, politicians and officials HAVE NOT RESPONDED to our letters for the past 10 years.

NOTING that as the Lithuanian authorities did not respond, we addressed the responsible institutions of the European Union and the leaders of states of the world:

Honourable Sir Charles Michel, President of the European Council, we recall that on 22 July 2014 we wrote a letter to Herman van Rompuy entitled “The Last Round:” (see Chapter 3 on the website)

Honourable President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, we remind you that we wrote a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker on 15 November 2017 (see Chapter 6 on the website)

Honourable Sir Virginijus Sinkevičius, member of European Commission, Commissioner responsible for the Environment, oceans and fisheries we remind you that we wrote a letter to Carmen Vella on 30 March 2016 (see Chapter 4 on the website)

Honourable Sir QU Dongyu, Director General of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we remind you that we wrote a letter on 03 June 2019 to José Graziano da Silva (see Chapter 9 on the website)

On 2012-12-10 I and four closed-system fish farming of Lithuania representatives and a member of the European Parliament Juozas Imbrasas had the honour of meeting the European Comissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki. The comissioner explained that the global fish stocks are depleted because human population is rapidly increasing while the fish populations are declining. She said that the European Union is focusing on sustainable fishing, closed-system fish farming and initiatives in fishery science. She explained that the European Union provides funding for good projects.
In 2007-2013 around 70 percent of the European Union provided funds for pisciculture Lithuania granted to investment groups of Kaunas and Raseiniai. In Nida and Juodkrantė fish loading ports were installed where still not one kg of fish has been unloaded. In Klaipėda after demolishing more than 10 years ago built auction financed by european funds, a new fish production auction was built for nearly 1,5 million euros, adding around a million euros to save the auction – it was sold for around 300 thousand euros. These are examples of modern exploitation practices of the European Union grants. The time period coming to an end, barely įn 2 years a couple of months ago a business plan in ECHEL format was arranged. Local regional fishery groups in lakes have not been granted any funds because commercial fishing in lakes is prohibited. PARADOX – local businessmen fishermen ARE NOT ALLOWED to catch not one fish. The government and politicinas know very well GRANTED EUROPEAN FUND RETURNS constantly demonstrating PRIME EXAMPLE of how to CAUTIOUSLY DISTRIBUTE THE EUROPEAN FUNDS.
Lithuania’s leaders and responsible institutions know about possibly uneffective, non-transparent and corrupt use of EU funds, and in the summer of 2016 it was reported to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), ECA – European Court of Auditors.
People say that everyone is afraid to tackle these problems because Lithuania might be forced to return a lot of euros to the European Union.


To honourable Sirs and Madams,
Donald Trump, President of the United States of America
Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China,
Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister
Emmanuel Macron, President of France,
Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia,
Egils Levits, the President of Latvia
Andrzej Duda, President of Poland
The Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Lofven
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
On 11 December 2018, we have written you letters (see Chapter 7 on the website)

ADDRESSING TO THE RESPONSIBLE INSTITUTIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE LEADERS OF STATES OF THE WORLD, we also addressed the documents to the leaders, politicians and responsible institutions of Lithuania.

IN THE LETTERS AND ANNEXES, WE HAVE WRITTEN AND EXPLAINED: about Lithuania, about legal norms and their violations, fish resources, circumstances of setting the limits, despise and insults on fishermen.


On 11 March 1990, Lithuania regained its independence.
About 2.8 million people live in Lithuania, the territory covers 65.3 thousand sq. km. There are 2621 sq. kilometres of inland water bodies - about 3,000 lakes, about 1,500 ponds and about 29 thousand of rivers, streams and canals and the Curonian Lagoon.


We explained that commercial fishing is regulated by the Law on Fisheries of the Republic of Lithuania, which states that commercial fishing is allowed in accordance with the data of fisheries research in inland water bodies larger than 200 ha. There are 99 such state reservoirs.
We explained that from 01.01.2013 in Kaunas Lagoon, and from 01.01.2015 in state lakes and ponds WITHOUT SUBMISSION OF ANY ARGUMENTS, entrepreneurs are not allowed to catch roaches, perches, crucian carps, pikes, breams, tenches, redeyes, zanders, zool breams.
The Ministry of Environment, some of the politicians and state officials, as well as amateur fishermen, usually justify the refusal to fix limits for commercial fishing with the fact that commercial fishermen exhaust the water bodies and engage in poaching, that not enough fish is left for amateur fishermen, and that the businessmen disturbs the fishing for the amateurs. It should be clear as day to anyone that such malicious disregard for the businessmen has no basis as never have scientists identified a single water body as having been exhausted by commercial fishermen, nor have the latter been found guilty of pouching. A person of a sane and sober mind should be able to realise that the businessmen, fishing in the 13–35 aforementioned water bodies, could never exhaust the entirety of over 33,000 water bodies. The Ministry of Environment has also imposed a ban on commercial fishing for the lessees of water bodies. We draw you attention to the fact that that all citizens of Lithuanian pay taxes to the budget; therefore, they have the right to purchase fresh water fish of Lithuanian origin (Rutilus rutilus, Perca fluviatilis, Carassius carassius, Esoxlucius, Abramis brama, Tinca Tinca, Scardinius erythroph thalamus, Sander lucioperca and Blicco bjoerkna). Nonetheless, the Ministry of Environment continues to prohibit commercial fishing.

In all the letters, we asked to allocate the limits for lake fishermen-entrepreneurs.

Lithuania’s leaders and politicians are delighted that for 6 years businessmen have not been allowed to fish in lakes and that they are forbidden from making a couple of hundreds of euros per month. They do not care that community is in the lack of low-priced fish in the market.

D. OBJECTIVES OF THE REFERENCE
Honourable leaders of the European Union institutions and the countries of the world, we wrote you letters informing you about the essence of the Law on Fisheries and actions, the state of fish resources, adding summary tables and the fact that in our opinion Lithuanian institutions are behaving illegally:
We are sending this letter to the leaders of the European Union institutions and the countries of the world, because we have previously informed you about the abuses of lake fishermen-entrepreneurs.
We will send this letter to the countries of the world with which Lithuania has diplomatic relations.
We will try to send this letter to other countries as well, because you cooperate with them.
This letter will be distributed to the Lithuanian institutions and people.
Our goal is for the WORLD to find out about the illegal and immoral actions of the President of Lithuania, the Speaker of the Seimas, the Prime Minister, the Presidency, the Seimas and the Government, politicians and institutions, because commercial fish resources are abundant, but Lithuanian fishermen-entrepreneurs are not allowed to catch fish in lakes by the government of Lithuania.
We hope that you will help Lithuanian leaders understand about the despising of lake fishermen entrepreneurs for more than 10 years, violations of the Fisheries Law and great harm to entrepreneurs, when leaders around the world encourage commercial fishing in lakes and sell fresh fish, and Lithuanian leaders forbid it.
WE REQUEST the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to accept our representatives for an interview.
WE REQUEST the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, to accept our representatives for an interview.
WE REQUEST the Honourable Member of the European Commission for the Environment oceans and fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius, to help addressing issues and setting limits for lake fishermen entrepreneurs.
WE REQUEST the honorable QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, to help resolving issues and setting the limits for lake fishermen entrepreneurs.

WE REQUEST
Donald Trump, President of the United States of America
Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China,
Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister
Emmanuel Macron, President of France,
Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia,
Egils Levits, the President of Latvia
Andrzej Duda, President of Poland
The Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Lofven
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
To help us to resolve issues regarding the allocation of limits to lake fishermen entrepreneurs and to give us the opportunity to explain the current situation to your ambassadors accredited in Vilnius.

WE HOPE that the leaders of Lithuania WILL UNDERSTAND THEIR GUILT and LONG-TERM ABUSE of laws and will grant limits for fishing for roaches, perches, crucian carps, pikes, breams, tenches, redeyes, zanders, zool breams in state and leased lakes, ponds and Kaunas Lagoon, WILL APOLAGIZE TO THE VICTIMS AND COMPENSATE THE DAMAGE.

WE ARE WRITING ONE LETTER TO YOU ALL, but we hope everyone will read and give us their opinions and suggestions, because no fisherman in the world has been subjected to such huge bans and massive despising and insulting so far. Mankind remembers the times when the Bolsheviks, Nazis and Fascists massively despised, persecuted, and annihilated individual social groups.

WE RECALL that the policy performed in Lithuania has many important negative features: Lithuania is the world leader in terms of alcohol consumption per capita. Lithuanian average earnings are one of the lowest in the European Union, about 25 percent of the Lithuanian people live below the poverty line. According to the research of the Lithuanian Special Investigation Service, in 2014, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania took the SECOND PLACE among the most corrupt institutions in Lithuania. Lithuanians do not trust the Lithuanian Parliament the most in the European Union.

In the fight for COVID-19, Lithuania has prepared a grandiose action plan and has already allocated about 4 billion euros. Another EUR 2 billion is planned to be distributed. Nowhere, however, was presented any plan to revive the age-old fishing business in the lakes and to allow about a couple of hundred fishermen and their families to take part in it.

WE DECLARE CATEGORYLY that NO CENT IS NEEDED for additional funds from the European union and the Lithuanian budget to restore the fishing business in lakes.

Once again, we state that commercial fish resources are plentiful. Pay attention to the tables provided and the assessments and statements of scientists and specialists.
It is impossible to ascertain why in the ONLY state of the WORLD, in the absence of FORCE MAJEURE circumstances, Lithuanian leaders, government and politicians do not allow entrepreneurs to catch roaches, perches, crucian carps, pikes, breams, tenches, redeyes, zanders, zool breams and ARE GOING to enforce all the bans by law No. XXXP-1205.


On 18 June 2020, in his annual report to the Seimas, the President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda spoke: “… It is a shame that we have lowered the level of political responsibility of high-ranking government officials to the bottom. Meaning, all actions that are not punishable by imprisonment are legal and lawful. There is no way we can solve the long-standing problems, because we are not looking at what is being offered, but at what is being offered…”
The President acknowledges that we have LOWERED the liability level to the bottom. We understand the President’s interpretation that commercial fishing in lakes is banned by politicians, ministers and members of government because by those bans they expect more votes from amateur fishermen in elections. We presented information to everyone that commercial fish stocks are plentiful. However, leaders and politicians do not take this into account at all. It is impossible for fishermen-entrepreneurs to fight against the Lithuanian political and government conglomerate in the courts. For 6 years, Lithuanian leaders and politicians have been committing a group crime against the social group of commercial lake businessmen, disregarding and impoverishing them. Such crimes are referred to in the LEGAL PRACTICE as GROUP CRIME.

At the time of Covid-19 pandemic in the Parliament are being discussed the issues of the law Nr. XXXP-1205 to ban commercial fishing in lakes, Kaunas reservoir and ponds because the parliamentary elections are approaching (October 11th) and the politicians need more votes from amateur fishermen.


The President G. Nausėda is preparing to implement the PROJECT FOR WELFARE STATE, but he did not respond to the requests of businessmen and scientists of 2 lakes to accept for the meeting.

As of June 23, 2020, neither the President, nor the Speaker of the Seimas, nor the Prime Minister informed us about the response of the Ministry of Environment and the setting of limits. THEREFORE, WE REQUEST ONCE AGAIN TO ALLOCATE LIMITS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING IN STATE AND RENTAL LAKES, PONDS AND KAUNAS LAGOON for roaches, perches, crucian carps, pikes, breams, tenches, redeyes, zanders, zool breams and to prevent fishing bans on lakes from being legalized (No. XXXP-1205).

President of the “Žuvininkų rūmai” Alliance of Associations Leonas Kerosierius
E-mail leonaslabora@gmail.com