Fishing is a popular sport and pastime in Ukraine, thus the activities of fishermen represent a threat to many species of fish. Fishing in Ukraine is only permitted using proper sports tackle. It is strictly forbidden to use nets, electric rods, explosives or poisons. It is also forbidden to catch fish during the spawning season. The best idea is to stick to the principle "Catch a fish, then let it go."
Fishermen who deliberately violate bans and restrictions are referred to as poachers. Despite all the regulations in place, poaching still threatens the survival of some valuable fish species.