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Buyers in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine are major purchasers of block frozen herring and sprat from Latvia. Here the raw material is being landed at the company Irbe’s processing factory in Roja.

Latvia: Greater decentralisation of European fisheries management desirable

Further decommissioning to bring profitability to the Baltic Sea fleet There are 793 Latvian fishing vessels and small coastal boats operating in the high-seas and the Baltic Sea with a total engine power of 62,274 kW and total gross tonnage of 41,202 GT (April 2010). In 2009 the total catch of the Latvian fishing fleet was 162,884 t.


he coastal zone in Latvia represents the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga waters, up to a depth of 20 meters. Coastal fishing is an essential occupation for those people who living in the coastal regions of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga. A separate catch limit for

coastal fishing is guaranteed by law and may not be set lower than in the previous year. However, for cod fishing in the Baltic Sea the level may not be set lower than 3%, and for herring fishing in the Baltic Sea not lower than 4%, of the total quota allocated to Latvia.

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Coastal fishing gene­rates GT. The number of vessels in this much employment segment represents approximateThe Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga coastal fishing fleet, which covers vessels with an overall length up to 12 m, consists of 685 fishing vessels with total engine power 5,809 kW and total gross tonnage only 986

ly 86.4% of the total Latvian fishing fleet, but only 9.3% of the total engine power and 2.4% of the total gross tonnage. Also, one of the specific issues that representatives from EU member states and other stakeholders stressed at a

Eurofish Magazine 3 2010  

In this issue we cover Latvia and Itlay and review the ESE fair in Brussels

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