At first, we will talk about things relatively neutral, and only then – about the main, in my opinion, threat to an ordinary amateur fisherman.
Ambiguous opinions are expressed regarding amendments to the recreational fishing law. This was also written in an article by Mikhail Semin, recently published on the pages of the resource “Hunters. RU”. The author is not in vain afraid of repressive measures on the part of our state against ordinary amateur fishers. And the technology of such measures is visible quite noticeably. First, a throw-in is made, then there is a discussion, a promise not to take unpopular measures, and then, with reference to objective circumstances, as well as to the changed situation, the most stringent draconian law is adopted. And here you can draw an analogy with the law on raising the retirement age. However, if we take into account how much money our pensioners survive, then the upcoming pension will not seem so desirable. Rather, it is a painful way of suicide. For some reason, our state proposes to tighten our belts in difficult times and live on the brink of poverty for the most needy and unprotected, this is for the elderly and state employees from education and culture. Tips to tighten their belts for some reason do not concern deputies and officials.
But back to fishing. At first, we will talk about things relatively neutral, and only then – about the main, in my opinion, threat to an ordinary amateur fisherman.
So, about some corrections
Judging by the rather inconsistent and somewhat inconsistent information, fishing in public water bodies remains free. It is likely that in some regions there will be local changes, as was the case with the terms of the spawning ban. It will now be possible to catch for free on former payers, but under an agreement with a tenant of a reservoir. Some kind of nonsense … Since it is immediately said that additional fees will be charged for fishing “in recreational fishing farms”, that is, as I understand it, in the same stocked cultural reservoirs. In addition, apparently, the tenant will have to renew his contract. In a word, as usual, while everything is interpreted inconsistently, and if the amendments are adopted in this form, then again a wide field for corruption will form.
About the “right to fishing” for 1-5 thousand rubles, mentioned in an article by Mikhail Semin, I did not find anything. Probably, this refers to an analogue of a fishing ticket, which in Soviet times was almost every fisherman. Maybe I just did not find the right information. But, if you recall, then, in the USSR, the membership fees of fishing tickets really went to the reproduction of the fish stock and caring for the reservoir. Moreover, at each factory and in large organizations, trade unions allocated their funds for fishing trips. Subbotniks were organized to clean ponds. If such a system were returned, then I would not refuse to pay a thousand a year, so that the fishing conditions are fair, and I would not have to hide from the fish inspectors who “knocked” onto the bottle.
Nets are prohibited for fishermen in most of Russia. It is a pity for the Volga inhabitants who eat fish and live on fish without a job. It is allowed to catch nets selectively, only parts of the inhabitants of the North and Siberia. Previously, they were caught with nets, and the fish was not transferred until electric rods appeared and began to block flat rivers with horizontal turbines of hydroelectric power stations of the Volga cascade. Until they began to pour almost openly under-water from barges and motor ships, to dump waste into rivers. Almost every year, Vetlugi fish are slaughtered in small rivers of the Yurinsky district from dirty effluents from upstream industries. And this is just a private example.
I personally do not need a patent for fishing by the net, but I see that local residents, feeding from the river, are poachers from the river, living on the river and catching fish for food in the net. They are invited to sit on the river with a fishing rod during haymaking or other urgent agricultural work or buy capelin in a store. Yes, without exception, they all catch nets in the flood zone of the Cheboksary hydroelectric station, without exception being violators of the law. When I go fishing in those places, I see how the locals live, for the most part without official work.
True, even here there are small-town pitfalls. Take Finland and Sweden. There, for the fisherman, net fishing is commonplace and our Russian Finn from the “Features of National Fishing” Ville Haapasalo has not known a fishing rod since childhood. But there people love their land and protect nature, their mother … They will not block the mouth of spawning rivers with kilometers of nets, as our fishermen do.