In recent years West Pomerania has witnessed implementation of several pro-nature projects, which among its objectives include the improvement of living conditions for migratory fish and other protected aquatic species. Most of them are under protection as a species or as part of a protected habitat for which Natura 2000 sites were established, ecological grounds were appointed and a significant amount of money was spent, including resources from EU’s financial instruments, such as LIFE +, but also other regional or nationwide programmes. In several of them the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Szczecin is a co-beneficiary, or an independent beneficiary. The authority deals with environmental protection according to its statutory responsibilities, and additional funds obtained from project grants should strengthen the effect of RDEP’s activities. Some of the project activities in which RDEP in Szczecin is a co-beneficiary, such as the project BLUE WILDLIFE CORRIDOR IN THE INA BASIN, came to an end, others have reached the halfway point, such as BLUE WILDLIFE CORRIDOR IN THE REGA BASIN, and the project LIFEDrawaPL is coming close to it. An important issue in all these projects is to reduce illegal fishing, especially those of migratory ones, like salmonids, for which such an additional pressure results in huge losses, which is a threat to achieve the expected project’s indicators, but also to an overall assessment of protected areas. Therefore, the Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Szczecin, within implementation of his own LIFE, on the River Drawa basin and neighbouring Natura 2000 sites, has made an effort to improve the efficiency of fish protection against poachers’ attempts via creating an anti-poaching coalition in our region. There was a positive response from all services in which competence is to fight poaching and fishing users, as well as social organizations which deal with environmental protection.
On 24th October 2016 there was a workshop meeting for interested in the topic, which was held in a room made available by the Mayor of Złocieniec in this town. During the meeting the issues were presented to the participants in detail by the invited speakers:
- Mr Krzysztof Gruszecki, a lawyer who specializes in nature conservation
- mgr inż. Artur Przybylski – the chief of the National Fishing Guard in Szczecin
- mgr inż. Artur Furdyna – the field coordinator of the LIFEDrawaPL project
The discussion, which took place after each talk, and in the corridors, enables to look optimistically at opportunities to build the coalition. At the moment the founding documents are being consulted. RDEP in Szczecin hopes they will be signed in the first quarter of 2017 and the West Pomeranian Anti-poaching Coalition will become a strong and efficient team of services and social and local government partners and fishing users cooperating against poaching pathology in the region.
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