The Institute, within the framework of its public tasks, produces expert opinions on the possibility of granting concessions and licenses for different types of water use. Opinions are forwarded to the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment or its agency (The Slovenian Environment Agency), which is responsible for granting water rights.
Expert opinions are prepared for:
- Breeding Fish in Fish Farms
The breeding of fish in fish farms is carried out for the purpose of stocking fish and for human consumption. In accordance with the Freshwater Fishing Act the Institute is required to acquire water rights according to the regulations on waters, prior to breeding fish for stocking. In the process of acquiring water rights the Institute in the context of its public tasks issues an expert opinion.
The breeding of fish for human consumption is carried out in accordance with the regulations on animal husbandry and veterinary medicine.
- Sport Fishing in Commercial Ponds
Commercial ponds are standing waters intended for the marketing of sport fishing, and are naturally orartificially separated from the waters of a fishing region in a way to prevent the migration of fish. To use water in commercial pondsit is necessary to obtain water rights according to the regulationson waters in accordance with the Freshwater Fishing Act. In the process of acquiring water the rights, the Institute, in the scope of its public tasks, issues an expert opinion.
- Production of Electricity
The investor must acquire water rights according to the regulations on waters to use water to generate electricity in small or large hydro-electric plants. In the process of the investors acquiring water rights, the Institute, in the scope of its public tasks, issues an expert opinion.
To use water for other purposes, such as using the drinking water supply, irrigation, etc., an investor must obtain water rights according to the regulations on waters. In this process of acquiring water rights the Institute, within the scope of its public tasks, issues an expert opinion.
Legal basis:: Freshwater Fisheries Act (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 61/2006).
In the context of its public tasks, the Institute provides guidelines for the preparation of various planning documents at the national and local levels. The Institute, as one of the responsible parties of spatial planning, gives guidelines and opinions on any proposed spatial arrangement of areas.
Guidelines are being prepared for:
- State spatial and location plans (SSP, LP);
- Spatial planning conditions for the areas of municipalities (SEN);
- Municipal Spatial Development Strategy (MSDS); and
- Municipal Spatial Order (MSO).
Legal basis: : Freshwater Fishing Act (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 61/2006);Spatial Planning Act (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 33/2007), and the Spatial Planning Act (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 110/2002).
Within the scope of its public tasks, the Institute issues project
conditions and consents to the construction interventions into fisheries
regions and waters of special significance.
Any activities in the fishing region must be designed and implemented
in a manner which ensures the preservation of fish, their species
diversity, their age structure, and abundance as much as possible. The
construction of facilities, which are carried out on the water lands
according to construction regulations, may be implemented on the basis
of prior obtaining of the consent of the Institute.
Legal basis: Freshwater Fishing Act (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 61/2006), Construction Act (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 110/2002)
In the context of its public tasks, the Institute issues expert
opinions on the implementation of fisheries management, which includes:
programming, the implementation of measures for the preservation of the
favorable status of fish, the sustainable use of fish, upkeep of
prescribed records and reporting, professional trainings, performing
river keeping service, activities upon the death of fish, and other
The regulation on the definition of boundaries of fishing areas and fishing regions in the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 52/2007),
for the optimal implementation of fisheries management, defines twelve
fishing areas and 67 fishing regions. On the basis of concession
contracts and fishery and farming management plans (RGNs), fisheries
management in individual fishery districts is performed by angling
clubs. In the event that circumstances arise for changes in fisheries
management, as defined by RGN the Fisheries Research Institute of
Slovenia issues an expert opinion on the suitability of the proposed
changes and deviations from fishery and farming management plans (RGNs)
or the annual program.
Legal basis: Freshwater Fishing Act (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 61/2006)