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Submit annual report on eel stocking and eel catches in recreational fisheries

If you release eels into water bodies (stocking), you should indicate each stocking operation in an annual report. Exception: If the stocking is carried out within the framework of the stocking promotion, it is sufficient to refer to the applicant (association, fishing cooperative (please omit all other information to avoid double reporting.) In the case of stocking, add to each stocking water

  • the total weight in (kg)
  • the average weight in grams
  • the origin of the eels (supplier)
  • and the time of stocking (date, at least month/year).

In the case of stocking measures with several different sizes, these must be indicated individually.

If you catch eels, you must declare the catch (total weight in kg) for each body of water in an annual declaration.

For the bodies of water, the following shall be indicated:

  • the exact name of the water body (geo-data)
  • the location (in the case of still waters) or the start and end of the route (in the case of flowing waters)
  • In the case of still waters, there is a possibility of migration (yes/no?): Connection to flowing waters available or location in the flood zone
  • the size (in ha); in the case of flowing waters, alternatively the average width (m) and the length of the route (km)

For the person making the report, the following must be specified:

  • Full name of the association (with postal address)
  • Contact person for enquiries (with contact details e-mail, telephone)
  • Number of (active) members (number of permits issued) per year
  • Indication of whether the stocking and catch reports have also been made to, for example, lease communities, fishing cooperatives or associations (since in individual cases reports are also made, e.g. by tenant associations, this avoids double reporting)

Process flow

If you would like to submit the annual return online:

You don't need to register or create an account.

You fill in the required fields of the online service.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail address you provided.

If you would like to submit the annual report by post:

You use the sample template to summarize your eel stock and check your information for completeness.

Then send the completed template to the higher fisheries authority.

You are obliged to keep the documents for up to five years.

The Higher Fisheries Authority will receive and review your records.

If necessary, questions will be clarified with you directly. The annual declaration is then entered by the authority in the fisheries register.

Competent authority

Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES)

Department of Inland Fisheries

Eintrachtweg 19

30173 Hanover



What are the fees?

Administration Fee: free of charge

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Storage Period: 5 Years

Processing duration

Processing Time: 2 - 4 Weeks

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)