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Agriculture Minister Petre Daea: Romanians eat less fish than cormorants

Romanians eat less fish than cormorants, but the Agriculture Ministry does not pay for cormorants, they are the number one enemy for pisciculture, Minister Petre Daea said during the hearings by the Parliament budget, finance and banks committees.

Daea was asked by PNL Deputy Florin Roman where the money for cormorants is. He replied irritated that “we don’t give money for cormorants. Have the cormorants entered your head?”

“It is very important issue. Romanians today eat less fish than cormorants. (…) It is the number one enemy of the pisciculture. Romania, even before 1989, should have had a state policy for pisciculture development. You are not aware of the phenomenon,” Agriculture Minister Petre Daea said.

On January 24 Minister Daea said that cormorants pose a big problem for Romania for the farmers in the field of aquaculture, who had to give up businesses and reconvert and called on the European Commission to find solutions.

“Cormorants are having bath in the pools in Romania“, said the Romanian Agriculture minister, Petre Daea in the European Parliament, where he had been called before the Fisheries Committee to present Romania’s priorities on the fishery field during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.

“There is an entire series of restrictions coming from the concept of preserved nature (…) but there are also moments when the concern of the fishermen is beyond any resistance. To see the cormorants population. I discussed with Vela, with the commissioner, (editor note: Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries), he saw Romania. To be well said, persuasive, I told Vela that cormorants are having bath in pools in Romania. So many they are. They don’t hide from people, fishermen anymore. They are jeopardizing an alternative and a complementary sector (…),” Daea told MEPs.

He added that the issue of cormorants is not just in Romania, assuring them he really knows what he is talking about: “I can tell you as a person who understands the storm of Brexit, but also understands the storm of the fisherman when he is faced to nature and doesn’t find any solutions to use them when he is forced to.”

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