Marking nets and traps in water traffic areas

Nets and traps at a depth of more than 1.5 metres

Fixed and stationary nets and traps laid in areas used for water traffic must be marked with a square flag that is at least 20 centimetres in length. The flag must be attached to a pole that rises at least 1.2 metres above the surface of the water.

The flag pole must have a reflector tag that is at least
2 centimetres high and visible from all directions.

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Nets and traps at a depth of less than 1.5 meters

If a net or trap has been laid in a waterway in such a way that any part of the fishing tackle is at a depth of less than 1.5 metres (surface traps and nets), it must be marked with two square flags of at least 20 centimetres in length.

If the length of a net or trap laid near the surface exceeds 120 metres, its direction must be indicated by using a float that rises at least 15 centimetres above the surface of the water for each 120 metres or part thereof. 

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Marking nets and traps in areas with no water traffic

In waterways with only occasional traffic, or in areas where the fishing tackle does not interfere with water traffic or other use of the waterway, fixed and stationary nets and traps must be marked with a float that rises at least 15 centimetres above the surface of the water, or a flag attached to a flag pole that rises at least 40 centimetres above the surface.

The shortest side of the flag must measure at least 15 centimetres in length.


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Other regulations

For ice fishing , the trap and any holes made in the ice exceeding 40 centimetres in diameter must be marked by a sign post that rises at least 1.2 metres above the ice and is not white in colour. The sign post must also be equipped with a reflector tag that is at least 2 centimetres high and visible from all directions.

Traps and nets exceeding 10 metres in length must be marked at both ends. 

A crayfish trap may be marked with a float that rises at least 5 centimetres above the surface of the water.

The ropes that connect floats and flag poles to traps and nets must be weighted. Floats used to mark traps and nets must not be made of transparent material.

The name and contact details of the person who lay the trap or net and an indication of having a fishing permit must be attached to the float, flag pole or sign post at the outer end of the trap or net. The required details are
the first name and last name of the person who laid the trap or net as well as his or her telephone number
or postal address.




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