Constance: Fishermen protest against fish farming with parades of ships.

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Professional fishermen from Germany and Switzerland demonstrated in Constance against the fishing mast. The reason: the pollution of Lake Constance by fish farming facilities. More than 100 water vehicles took part in the action.

Professional fishermen from Germany and Switzerland protested in Constance against fish farming facilities in Lake Constance.

According to the organizers, more than 100 water vehicles took part in the action on Saturday. A cooperative wants to have the facilities for the breeding of whitefish built, because the catch yields have been falling for years. The reason for this is a lack of nutrients in the increasingly acidic lake. But because the appetite for whitefish is still great, more and more fish are being imported from abroad. “Net enclosures for whitefish breeding are a bad vision for the future of Lake Constance”, said Elke Dilger of the professional fishermen in Baden.

The majority of the professional fishermen is against the fish mast. They fear the transmission of diseases to wild animals and the contamination of Lake Constance, which also serves as a drinking water reservoir for around four million people. The International Commission for the Protection of Lake Constance (IGKB) explicitly excludes net enclosures. For even more safety, the fishermen are calling for a legal ban.

The cooperative “Regio Bodensee Fisch” nevertheless wants to try it out with “modern and ecologically well managed” facilities. Tailwind is provided by Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Agriculture, Peter Hauk (CDU): “Aquacultures can be a way to produce high-quality, regional edible fish in compliance with the highest environmental standards”. If an application is received, he said, it must be examined by the responsible authorities.

From the point of view of the Bavarian Ministry of Agriculture, the establishment and operation of a net-cage aquaculture can only work together with active sea fishermen. And these are against it.

DPA.

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