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aniskasa Dear all,

I would like to inform you about a dreadful application that has been placed just recently in Finland.

The Saimaa ringed seal is an extremely endangered species, living only in the lake Saimaa in Finland, nowhere else in the world. One of the biggest threats to the species is under-ice fishing with nets during the spring time, when the baby seals are born and too weak to survive from entangling in the nets.

There are some 260 individuals in the whole world, for more information see

In the application, the local fishers apply for permit to start under ice fishing this spring in 23 regions in the lake Saimaa. According to the local environmental protection organization, even placing such an application is a demonstration of total disregard towards the seals and their extinction from this planet. Even the local residents and summer cottage owners agree that the species should be saved, even if it means that they are not allowed to fish using nets for a time period that is only a few months every year. It is only the inexplicable carelessness and total lack of environmental interest of a few parties that cause most of the threat to the seals.

The application is processed in the finnish Centre of Economic Development, Transport and the Environment on 29th of March, or in two days.

EU has previously pointed out the the actions Finland has taken in order to protect and save the species from extinction are not sufficient enough. I'm asking you to use all your power to contact the above mentioned centre and try to influence their decision making in this matter before it is too late for the Saimaa ringed seal.

Best Regards,

Arttu Niskasaari

Last discussed by EEA
Mar 28, 2012 09:39 AM