Žuvininkystės tarnyba

prie Lietuvos Respublikos žemės ūkio ministerijos

RESTRICTIONS ON COASTAL AND SEA FISHING FOR COD, SALMON AND SHRIMP IN THE BALTIC SEA

According to the Council Regulation (EU) No. 2019/1838 of 30 October 2019, as of 1 January 2020, commercialised cod fishing is forbidden, except for unavoidable by-catches. Recreational cod fishing in the Lithuania territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of the Baltic Sea is prohibited.

According to the Council Regulation (EU) No. 2021/1888 of 27 October 2021, Art. 9, pt. 1, as of 1 January 2022, recreational Atlantic salmon fishing in the subdivisions 22-31 (i.e. both the Lithuanian territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone of the Baltic Sea) is forbidden. All Atlantic salmon specimens caught must be immediately released back into the sea.

By way of derogation from Art. 9, pt. 1, recreational salmon fishing is allowed under the following cumulative conditions:

a) no more than one specimen of adipose fin-clipped salmon may be retained per fisherman per day;

b) all specimens of any fish species retained must be landed whole.

Reference to the legislation is available here.

Sea trout fishing beyond four nautical miles from the base lines in subdivisions 22-32 for fishing vessels is prohibited from 1 January 2022 to 31 December. Longline fishing beyond four nautical miles from the base lines in subdivisions 22-31 is prohibited. According to the Council Regulation (EU) No. 2021/1888 of 27 October 2021, the salmon quota for Lithuania is 989 specimens. Directed salmon fishing is prohibited.

Reference to the legislation is available here.

According to Art. 291, pt.7 of the Code of Administrative Offences, violation of the measures and conditions governing limited fishing for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and smelt entails a fine of between 250 and 550 Eur, possibly including confiscation of tools and equipment. Persons, whose illegal activities have caused damage to fish stocks in marine waters, must compensate for the estimated damage. Damage caused to migratory (anadromous and catadromous) fish species (i.e. applies to both salmon and sea trout) caught in marine waters is calculated according to the Description of the Procedure for Calculating Damage to Fish Resources in Inland Waters, approved by the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, which states that the basic price for the damage done to the trout or salmon resources is 970 Eur per specimen.

Reference to the legislation is available here and here.