The draft law on amateur fishing, prepared for the second reading in the State Duma, introduces a number of restrictions, in particular, on net fishing gear. Their use is only allowed in the areas of the North, Siberia and the Far East during certain periods after registration and gear marking. It’s worth mentioning that the draft federal law No. 200303-6 “On Amateur Fisheries” has been considered and approved in the first reading by the State Duma in December 2013. The second reading of the document should take place in the autumn session of this year.
The latest version of the bill has been published on the Legislative Support System portal. In particular, the name of the document has changed: it is now “On amateur fishing and introducing amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation”.
As reported by Fishnews, the list of the basic concepts has been reduced: instead of nine (first version) now there are five of them. So, amateur fishing, according to the document, is “activities for the extraction (catch) of aquatic biological resources, carried out by citizens to meet personal needs, as well as during official physical education events and sporting events.” Definitions of the personal fishing permits, the daily rate, the production limit and the individual catch rate have also been given. It is indicated that other concepts in the draft law are defined by the Federal Law “On Fisheries …”.
The bill states that “amateur fishing is carried out by Russian citizens freely and free of charge on water bodies of general use”, except for a number of cases. In particular, on lands of defense and security, specially protected areas, amateur fishing can be prohibited or restricted. It will not be possible to fish on ponds and other water bodies used for pond aquaculture, and also on water bodies used for commercial aquaculture.
Amateur fishing with nets is only allowed in the regions of the North, Siberia and the Far East at certain times (after accounting for and mandatory marking of nets) for personal consumption. In fish-breeding areas, according to the document, fishing nets will not be allowed. Also, “fishing” with the help of electricity and explosives is prohibited. Many kinds of underwater hunting also fall under the ban: in resorts, using individual means of detection of FBG, scuba diving, using underwater tools of extraction over water.
The bill specifies the features of fishing within the framework of sporting events. In addition, the document defines the procedure for participation of citizens, public associations, associations of legal entities (associations and unions) in the conservation of aquatic biological resources and their habitats.