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Sun, 15 Feb, 2015 12:10:09 AM
FTimes –STT Report, Feb 15
 
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The reforms in fishing regulations might be passed during the current parliamentary term, reported Finnish language daily Turun Sanomat.
 
The Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party) had previously threatened to block the legislation at the Agriculture and Forestry Committee.
 
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Petteri Orpo told the newspaper that the matter has progressed forward.
 
Orpo is hopeful about passing the bill during the present government, although the term of the present parliament will expire after a few weeks.
 
According to the Minister, there are differences in opinions on the number of fishing nets as well as when the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment ELY-Centre could grant license for commercial fishing despite opposition from the owner of the water area.
 
The public had also been concerned by the reform package draft which among other things proposed lower and overhead measurements for pikes.
 
According to Turun Sanomat, zander and pike catch quotas as well as earlier proposed lower and upper measurements for pikes have been removed in the revised draft.
 
The zander minimum size, however, is being raised to 40 centimetres in sea and 45 centimetres in inland waters.
 
 
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