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Fatmir DĂŤrguti, the manager of the Shkodra lake fish weir, Mimoza Cobani, the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration, and Bardh Isufi, a nature conservationist.

in the Shkodra and Ohrid lakes were suspended. The drop in production is presumably only a temporary setback caused by an administrative measure rather than for cyclical or structural reasons, she says, and the creation of these co-management areas, where both the administration and the fishermen have a say, should lead to

a more sustainable fishery in the long term. The inland fishery is mainly in lakes, of which three are very large, Shkodra, Greater Prespa, and Ohrid, and are shared with other countries, Shkodra with Montenegro, the Greater Prespa with Greece and Macedonia, and the Ohrid with Macedonia. Shkodra lake is one of the largest lakes in the

Albanian seafood exports (EUR thousand) Italy Spain Romania Greece Others Total

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

5,660 525

6,905

8,484

13,974

16,240

930

1,654

3,066

5,317

3,181

-

-

-

1,800

436

1,361

1,252

1,241

568

517

1,237

2,412

3,707

9,933

8,788

12,736

20,704

28,305

Notes: - = Nil, 0 = less than 0.5 Source: Institute of Statistics, Albania

Balkans, though the Albanian part is only about a third of the total and has a surface of 142 sq. km. Commercially-fished species in the lake include common carp, roach, crucian carp, bleak, mullet and eel. The Ohrid is well known for its population of an endemic species, the Lake Ohrid trout (Salmo letnica) for which there is a restocking programme. A hatchery along the lakeshore close to Pogradec breeds and releases juvenile fish into the lake. The restocking programme is intended to maintain the environment of the lake and to provide fish for the fishermen there. The Ohrid lake also holds stocks of common carp and chub. The Greater Prespa is populated mainly with carps of various kinds as well as eels, catfish, and perch. Fisheries in the lakes are managed by 

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fisheries management organisations (FMO), bodies comprised of the fishermen that delegate the day to day management to a smaller group led by a manager. The work of these management bodies is often complicated by their reliance on government structures which are often weak and ineffectual. In addition, FMOs may find themselves battling local interests that stand to lose from well managed fisheries, or measures that protect the environment.

Better collaboration against illegal fishing provides grounds for optimism The Shkodra lake is connected to the Adriatic Sea some 40 km away by the Buna river and fish from the sea travel up the river to the lake &VSPlTI .BHB[JOF 

   

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