Limit access of fishermen to the water bodies were identified during the two years in the course of prosecutorial inspections in more than one third of Russia’s regions. This was reported by TASS, the official representative of the Prosecutor General of Russia Alexander Kurennoy.
According to him, the Prosecutor General’s office regularly checks compliance with legislation in the sphere of free Amateur fishing on water objects of common use. “During the inspection prosecutors in 30 regions established that business entities limited access of citizens to water bodies for General use”, – said the representative of the Prosecutor General. Among them, the Republic of Altai, Bashkortostan, Altai, Perm Krai, Astrakhan, Bryansk, Vologda, Ivanovo, Kemerovo, Leningrad, Lipetsk, Novgorod, Omsk oblast, Jewish Autonomous oblast.
“So, about 2 million residents are engaged in Amateur fishing. Every year they catch at least 350 tons of fish. But not all coastline is open to them and free. This was the basis for taking measures of prosecutorial response in 18 cities and districts of the Moscow region”, – said the Colonel.
Only the Volga interregional environmental Prosecutor’s office sent to the courts with 46 claims on the demolition of illegally built structures, and on ensuring free access to the waters of the Volga. On lake Baikal, prosecutors revealed in the Irkutsk region unauthorized occupation of foreshore by an individual entrepreneur, who has built the fences, cafes, spas.
Fee fishing and other restrictions
“It often happens that no documents from such enterprising businessmen [let’s call them so] was not available at all,” said Kurennoy. In Yakutia, Vladimir, Kaluga, Tambov and a number of other areas, prosecutors identified the organization of paid fishing in the absence of a right of usage of water objects. Only in Belgorod oblast Prosecutor’s offices initiated 9 cases under article 7.6 of the administrative code (“Unauthorized occupation of a water body”).
“Yes, there are organizations entitled to organize fishing. But to obstruct the approach of citizens on common bodies of water they are not entitled, and in some cases, they are under the guise of tourism development actually offer no alternative to fish for money”, – said the representative of the Prosecutor General.
“Often in addition to the banal fences installed barriers, booths with armed guards and guard dogs. In such cases, people say: I want to fish free, catch. But then require money for travel or passage to the shoreline”, – he explained.
Speaking about the availability of Amateur fishing for the citizens, the Colonel stressed that overlap the shoreline of water bodies for General use is illegal. “The provisions of article 6 of the Water code, article 24 of the Federal law “On fisheries and conservation of aquatic biological resources” guaranteed the rights of recreational fishermen to have free access to water bodies for General use, including for Amateur fishing and recreation. Of course, You should be non-prohibited fishing gear (their list public) and, if necessary, the corresponding license to catch fish,” he said.
In addition, in the Republic of Altai, Bashkortostan, Kalmykia, Komi, Chuvashia, Penza, Saratov areas, authorities prosecutors identified cases where local authorities illegally granted to private individuals to rent land from water objects of General use classified under Federal ownership.
“Almost always we help local authorities to ensure the access of citizens to water bodies, promote legal support of activity of bodies of local self-government”, – he said. So, in Zabaykalsky Krai Prosecutor’s office developed model rules of usage of water objects for General use for personal and domestic needs, which have been approved by the district deputies.
The representative of the Prosecutor General assured that the prosecutorial supervision in this sphere “is systemic and will only be strengthened”.
According to the materials: tass.ru