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  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

    About the programme
  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

LLI-310 Cross-boundary evaluation and management of lamprey stocks in Lithuania and Latvia (LAMPREY)

The Programme area is inhabited by three lamprey species, but only river lamprey is commercially exploited with old traditions and high importance to local communities. Lampreys are of conservation concern in Europe (Bern Convention,  EU Habitats Directive) and EU directive obliges to ensure that their exploitation is compatible with maintaining them in a favourable conservation status. However, HELCOM assessed the river lamprey to be Near Threatened in the Baltic Sea region, what urges for better resource exploitation, management and protection solutions. Due to a difficult life cycle of the species and lack of scientific knowledge on population structure, both countries face common challenges like standardized assessment of stocks and their management on a sustainable basis.

LAMPREY project aims to reinforce sustainable, scientific data based management and to balance utilization with preservation actions of important natural resource in Programme area. For this, the project will i) apply specific measures to improve river lamprey populations and secure access to spawning grounds over obstacles; ii) perform cross-border standardization of stock common assessment methods and new molecular survey approaches by relevant research organizations; then iii) assess river lamprey stock status and population genetic structure in model rivers what enable to distinguish biologically sound management units; and finally, iv) produce Strategy for long-term and sustainable lamprey stock maintenance, protection and management. This knowledge will equip stakeholders with a new tool to make science-based decisions; encourage cross-border cooperation which is addressed to improve current Common Fisheries Policy and to increase integration and efficiency of environmental resource management in Latvia and Lithuania.

Project will be implemented by Klaipėda University (lead partner), Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment BIOR from Latvia and Lithuanian Fund for Nature in close collaboration with main stakeholders of natural resource management – Environment and Agriculture ministries of both countries.

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8 November 2019

Lamprey experts discussed in the pan-Baltic workshop in Klaipėda

The LAMPREY project task is to reinforce sustainable, scientific data-based management of important for Latvia and Lithuania river lamprey resources. For this, LAMPREY will develop a Strategy for sustainable stock maintenance, protection and management. The Strategy should and will incorporate results of many project surveys (on population genetic structuring, larvae density distribution, fishing mortality, and migration barriers inventorization) and best practice, shared by the international experts.

For this, in the Marine Research Institute of Klaipeda University on 11-12 May 2019 was arranged the pan-Baltic experts workshop “Lamprey population status and assessment practices in the Baltic Sea region”. The two-day workshop was attended by experts from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Poland, and Canada, also by the stakeholders from Latvia and Lithuania. Participants presented national experiences on lamprey stock management and conservation, discussed different topics on lamprey genetics, ecology, stock status and exploitation in the Baltic and sustainable management possibilities. Main findings and outcomes from Pan-Baltic expert workshop were that, unfortunately, there is no effective comprehensive lamprey stock management Strategy in Baltic Region. Moreover, the stock assessment methods are quite different, sometimes unsatisfactory, therefore, in general we do not know real situation of stock status in the Baltic. According to presented preliminary results of ongoing genetic analysis, it appeared that there is only one joint (for the Baltic Sea?) stock. Margaret F. Docker from Canada gave similar results in the online presentation, where no genetic differentiation for Pacific lamprey was found along whole distant North America Pacific coast (2600 km). This implicates, and it was agreed, that we should treat Latvian-Lithuanian river lamprey stock as one management unit, and the Strategy, therefore, will concentrate on joint management, protection, population improvement and stock assessment measures.

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Last updated: 10.07.2020 14:22