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Prespa lake designated as fishery co-management area

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TIRANA, Jan 29 /ATA/- Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Niko Peleshi, in attendance of the meeting of Fishery Management Organization (OMP) with the fishermen of Prespa lake, signed the contract on development, co-management and expansion of fishery in this zone.

“Co-management consists in determining the number of fishermen allowed to exploit within a span of 10 years the Prespa lake. Meanwhile the fishing licenses are issued by the organization itself. By encouraging cooperation among the fishermen and entrusting the management instrument to you, we believe that you can do a great job as an interested party,” the minister said in his remarks.

Highlighting that the local ecomony relies heavily on fishery, Peleshi put the focus on sustainable management of the lake.
Management via the organization is part of the process given the challenges and difficulties associated with the sale, market, need for opening a collection point and access to market. The main issue facing the fishermen is the shortage of infrastructure for seafood sale. To the best of my knowledge, the municipality is building a market up to the standards divided into sections for meat and fish. This is a great opportunity to trade the lake fish,” he said.

Minister offered to provide financial support for development of infrastructure and of the fishery value chain in Prespa which will match the area, including a collection point.
Any co-management plan is approved for a period of ten years and aims to encourage the use of fishery sources on the basis of sustainable development, ensuring their conservation up to levels that meet the needs for the future and preservation of quality.

Each co-management plan is approved for a period of no more than ten years and is intended to: promote and use fishery resources on the basis of sustainable development, while ensuring their maintenance at levels that they can meet needs for today and for the future; preserving the quality and biological diversity of fishery resources; promoting and using appropriate fishing technology; avoiding excess fishing capacity, etc. So far, the co-management plan for OMP Shkodër and Pogradec has been drafted and approved for Shkodra and Ohrid lakes.

Having designated the Prespa lakes as fishery co-management area, the signing of this contract will pave the way for a co-management plan on these lakes.

This form of organization has proved to be very effective in terms of conservation and increase in fish stocks, better management of fishery resources, as well as in terms of opportunities offered to OMP to apply with AZHBR for subsidy schemes.

The national scheme of financial support will support fishery as a sector offering great opportunities for employment alongside production and export.
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