More and more Germans living near the border are travelling to the northern Netherlands to go on fishing trips.
Translation by Traci White
According to Henk Mensinga, director of the recreational fishing association in Groningen and Drenthe, German anglers prefer going fishing in the Netherlands because there are fewer rules here. In Germany, anglers have to complete an exam and obtain permits in order to go fishing, and they have to kill any large fish they catch because fishing is considered hunting.
The requirement to kill any fish they catch in Germany also means that fish populations are generally lower than in the Netherlands, which also entices German anglers to cross the border. RTV Noord reports that of the 50,000 registered anglers in Groningen and Drenthe, 4,000 licenses belong to German fishermen.
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