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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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Sea bass bag limit 2021

After somewhat delayed negotiations, the probable catch agreements for sea bass throughout 2021 are now known. The bag limit of two fish is likely to apply for the rest of the year.
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Closed season: what’s the deal? (video)

When fishing in the Netherlands you have to take into account a number of closed seasons. For example, there is the closed season for certain types of bait and the closed season for certain fish species. Especially for pike, zander and perch this sometimes gives rise to confusion. In this video we will explain the deal on the different closed seasons.
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Bill for European lead ban

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has proposed banning the use of lead for hunting and fishing within the European Union. This proposal is the result of research and evaluation of the health and environmental risks posed by the use of lead in these sectors. The proposal to the European Commission is to ban both the sale and the use of lead in angling (as weights and lures) within the next few years.
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Record catches overview 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever before went fishing in the Netherlands in 2020. With more people fishing, there were far more opportunities to break records, and both the Nederlandse Commissie Record Zeevissen (NCRZ) and the Nederlandse Recordlijst Zoetwatervissen (BNRZ) received unusually high numbers of record claims.
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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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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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Construction of fish migration channel officially begins

On 28 May 1932, the last gap in the Afsluitdijk was filled in. But now, almost 90 years later, a new gap is being created. With the construction of the ‘coupure’ through the Afsluitdijk, work has officially begun on the fish migration channel at Kornwerderzand. Over the next four years, a unique fish passage will be built right across the Afsluitdijk, allowing fish to swim freely between the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer. As a result, many species of fish will be able to reach their breeding grounds and other habitats, in some cases as far away as Germany and Switzerland.
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Angling fine amounts 2021

The fine amounts for 2021 have recently been announced. The public prosecutor’s office has increased several of the fines.
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New VISpas water

Thanks to the continuing collaboration between angling associations, federations and Sportvisserij Nederland, the list of VISpas waters has recently been expanded. You can find all of the new fishing waters in the VISplanner app and the 2021 Supplement to the VISpas 2021.
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