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Lithuania increases support for sustainable fisheries

Christian Fernsby |
The Lithuanian fisheries sector will receive € 2 million more than in the previous period, and most of the funds will be used to promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

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Topics: LITHUANIA   

More than € 25 million will go to promote economically viable, competitive and attractive fishing, aquaculture and processing sectors, and just over €20 million Euros for those who act sustainably and thus contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change.

This is provided for in the Lithuanian Fisheries Sector Plan for 2021–2027 prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and coordinated with the social partners. The draft program will be formally submitted to the European Commission this month.

"This project is based on comments from the social partners, experts and the European Commission. Fisheries 2021-2027 program budget € 2 mln is higher than in the previous period, and the goal is sustainable and efficient fishing. However, we envisage not only the priorities of the sector and the tasks set for it, but also actions to achieve them and flexible support systems, ”says Justas Poviliūnas, Head of the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The program sets out four priorities to be pursued through specific objectives and actions to be supported. The first is to promote sustainable fishing and the restoration and conservation of aquatic biological resources. More than 30 million has been allocated for its implementation. Eur.

The second is the promotion of sustainable aquaculture activities and the processing and marketing of fisheries and aquaculture products. Almost €35 million.

The third will aim to create a sustainable blue economy in coastal and terrestrial areas, as well as in the development of fishing and aquaculture communities. More than €13 million has been allocated to this priority.

The fourth, with more than €2.6 million is to strengthen the sustainable governance of the international oceans and seas.

The next financial period will focus on promoting sustainable fishing and aquaculture, with the largest funding.

"Fish stocks are declining and quotas are declining, so as much as a third of the programme's funding will go to increasing the competitiveness of aquaculture production while ensuring sustainability. It is planned to support investments in innovative technologies for the breeding and rearing of fish species, reducing environmental pollution and increasing energy efficiency, as well as the implementation of measures that will help to adapt to climate change,” says the leader J. Poviliūnas.

The draft program also emphasizes the conservation of fish stocks and the strengthening of fishing communities.

How will the funds be distributed?

For the Lithuanian fisheries sector in 2021–2027 €87.4 million was allocated. The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund will provide almost €61.18 million. Although this amount is lower than in 2014-2020 during the period when €63.43 million was allocated, but this time the state itself will contribute more - €26.22 mln (allocated €20.43 million in 2014-2020), so the total amount will be higher.

The largest - 33 percent - funds are earmarked for the promotion of sustainable and economically viable aquaculture activities (€EUR 29 million).

Almost €15 million (17%) is intended for effective fisheries control and enforcement measures, as well as reliable data to ensure informed decision-making.

More than €13 million is planned to be allocated to promoting the development of coastal fishing and aquaculture communities (15%).

More than €7 million is proposed to strengthen economically, socially and environmentally sustainable fishing activities (8.34%).

Slightly more than €6 million is earmarked for the protection and restoration of the aquatic ecosystem (7%). The same amount is earmarked for the development of a competitive, transparent and stable market for fishery and aquaculture products, as well as for the processing of these products.

€330 thousand (0.2%) is earmarked for the adjustment of fishing capacity to fishing opportunities and the maintenance of economic levels in the event of temporary cessation of fishing activities and permanent cessation of fishing activities.

More than €2.6 million has been earmarked to strengthen the sustainable management of the seas and oceans by improving knowledge of the seas, maritime surveillance and / or cooperation between coastguards (3%).

It is planned to allocate 180 thousand LTL to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions (0.2 percent).

€5 million provide technical support (for program administration and publicity).

The draft program must be submitted by 19 February, following comments from the European Commission. It should be formally approved within half a year.

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