This ethical code is divided into the principles and values of the fishing tourism businesses and associated partners within the Baltic Sea Fishing cooperation, and the ethical guidelines for ALL fishing performed under this label.
We adhere to local and current sportfishing rules and regulation: Such as minimum (and in cases maximum) landing fish sizes; only use allowed fishing gears and methodologies; respecting permanent and seasonal protected areas and nature reserves and/or species. All in accordance to the national rules.
We practice and promote Catch & Release: We only use active fishing methods which makes Catch & Release practice possible and handle catches with care and with minimum time out of the water. To minimize negative impact on caught fish, at all fishing occasions the best available technique is used and following equipment shall be at hand: knotless seine, specifically designed plier(s), special designed fishing measure mat and weight sling. Catch & release fishing is illustrated in the film from the CATCH project:
We respect the Bag-limits: Maximum catches of following fish species to keep per person per day, on the condition that the fish are within the minimum and maximum size limits:
Perch – 5, Pike – 1, Zander (Pike-perch) – 1, Sea trout– 1, Salmon – 1
Kill fish immediately when kept and remember that the largest fishes and always release “mega-spawners” – the largest individuals which are most important for fish reproduction.
We manoeuvre with caution: We do not want to disturb reproducing fish. When using a boat, operate it in a way that is safe for the customer and with considerations for wildlife and nature; exercise caution in sensitive breeding areas for fish and sea birds when using the main engine regarding swell and contact with sea bed; in areas too shallow for the main engine, an electric engine should be used.
We do not try to achieve success by disturbing other anglers/guides in a limited area. Fish somewhere else or at a different time. A general rule is not closer than 300 meters from another angler, although there are ex-emptions in land-based fishing and occasionally also when using boats.
We avoid fishing in the same area for several days at a time. Change location and area as far as possible to reduce pressure on fish stocks.
We keep our natural surroundings and sea clean. Bring your garbage back home, always try to bring back litters of other’s as well.
We minimize intake of alcohol. In respect for what we are doing, promote minimized intake of alcohol when fishing.
We only use established roads and tracks and drive on beaches where it is permitted. Treat all natural areas as fragile.
We use VHF radio communication responsibly. Radio communication among anglers through radio can improve fishing experiences. However, keep in mind that it’s primary function is for security, do not block channels meant for security and rescue purposes.