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Sea bass measures for second half of 2021

The negotiations between Europe and the United Kingdom on fishing rights following Brexit finally reached a conclusion in June. As expected, a bag limit of two fish (minimum size: 42cm) will apply to sea bass fishing until November this year.
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Hotspots - Linge (Gelderland)

You might not think so at first glance, but the Linge with its abundant fish population is largely an artificial river. The waters originate at a sluis in the Pannerdens Canal and flow directly through the Betuwe, coming out after 100 kilometres in the Boven-Merwede at Gorinchem. Almost the entire length of these waters is included in the VISpas.
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Hotspots - Schipbeek (Overijssel)

From its source in Auhaus, Germany, the Schipbeek (or ‘Buurserbeek’, as it is called upstream from Diepenheim) runs across the province of Overijssel to empty into the IJssel near the A1 motorway in Deventer. Virtually all of the fish species can be found in the largely canalised stream, which is included in the VISpas.
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A new first: Allis shad released

For the first time in history, Allis shad have been released in the Netherlands. As part of the final event of the Green Blue Rhine Alliance, on 1 June AKR Natuurontwikkeling and Sportvisserij Nederland (Dutch Angling Association) released Allis shad fry into the Waal river near Nijmegen. The event emphasised the importance of freely navigable rivers for migratory fish. The Allis shad is one of 16 migratory fish species that need to swim between salt and fresh water to spawn.
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Coronavirus and fishing in the Netherlands

The situation related to the coronavirus can change at any time. In the event of a new outbreak, the Netherlands may take strict control measures, such as closing off areas of the country or even closing the national borders to travellers. International anglers travelling to the Netherlands should therefore understand that it is their responsibility to decide if they wish to accept that risk.
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New water in the VISpas

There are quite a few new waters in the VISpas this year. They are located in the municipalities Noardeast Fryslân, Terschelling, Montfoort and Zuidplas. The new waters are already shown at www.visplanner.nl, and they will be visible in the VISplanner app starting in June. We would like to express our thanks to Sportvisserij Fryslân, Sportvisserij Zuidwest Nederland, HSV Leeuwarden and HSV Montfoort for opening up their waters.
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Vang5: anglers take on littering

Littering is a problem that infuriates many anglers. Fortunately, people are starting to work out ways to deal with the problem. With the Vang5 campaign – an initiative by Sportvisserij Nederland, with support from Nederland Schoon – organised angling aims to take on the problem of littering nation-wide. The campaign week starts on Saturday, 24 April, while Vang5 will continue through the end of the year.
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Financial support for dam removals

The World Fish Migration Foundation – of which Sportvisserij Nederland (Dutch angling association) is a partner and which draws global attention to fish migration – has received a donation of half a million euros from the participants in the Postcode Loterij. This financial support will enable the removal of more unnecessary dams in Europe.
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Updated 'frequently asked questions'

‘Can I use the VISpas to fish anywhere? And ‘Can I fish anywhere in the Netherlands at night or with three rods?’ are just a couple of the questions that are often asked. Answers to these questions and others are now easy to access in the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ module at www.fishinginholland.nl.
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Fishing rights not necessarily access rights

Sportvisserij Nederland (the Dutch Angling Association) often receives the question of whether the VISpas allows you to enter the banks next to waters marked in dark blue in the VISplanner. The answer to that question is occasionally ‘no’. The right to fish in certain waters does not automatically give you the right to enter private property.
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