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Fri, 01 Jul, 2016 12:03:34 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jul 1
File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Tenojoki River fisheries agreement between Finland and Norway has been completed, an-nounced the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Thursday.
The agreement aims to improve space for Tenojoki Salmon stocks and to reduce the fishing mor-tality rate of salmon by 30 percent of its current levels.
In effect it means the cutting of different methods of fishing during different fishing seasons. 
The restrictions also apply to the traditional net and dam fishing methods. 
The restrictions should permit salmon stocks to recover to sustainable levels in ten years and af-ter that fishing levels can again be increased.
The agreement sought to take into account Sami traditional fishing, fishing area ownership and fishing tourism. 
According to the new agreement, fishing tourism licence practices will also change. 
In the future, Finland and Norway will have country-specific quotas for their permits.
The agreement comes into effect in early 2017. 
One-third of the salmon production areas along the Tenojoki River are located in Finland, with the rest in Norway.
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