CRITICISM OF FINLAND'S SPRING HUNTING OF COMMON EIDER.....
Saturday, June 18, 2011 4:43:43 PM
The population of Common Eider In the Baltic Sea has dramatically declined over the last decades,nevertheless, the local government of ALAND,an autonomous group of Islands belonging to FINLAND,has reopened spring hunting of common eiders as of the 1st of May.
The country's like DENMARK,SWEDEN have protest against this spring hunting of the common eider there call for the EU to take action to protect the vulnerable population.
As the population of common eider has seen a serious crisis In the Baltic Sea In recent decades,and the breeding population has decreased by 40% since 1995, so almost by half In 15 years.
However,this situation has not prevented the local Government of ALAND, an autonomous Finnish archipelago In the Baltic Sea,from reintroducing the authorization of spring hunting of the common eider with effect from May 2011 and violating the EU Birds directive.
As birds are busy with the breeding activities,hunters on the archipelago, which consists of 650 Islands and reefs In the northern part of the Baltic Sea,can shoot adult males.
According to scientist,this has a damaging effect on the population,and widowed females produce fewer ducklings.
There are many reasons to condemn the spring hunting of this species.The authorization of shooting the birds In the breeding season Is an expression,of bad management.
As the common eider suffers a strong decline In the Baltic Sea In general and In Finland In particular,this authorization appears unfair and contradictory to modern and decent nature management.... A very sad situation this Is Indeed...