Supply and demand problem at Bauska fish fest

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Last weekend, the vimba bream festival took place in Bauska. Despite frantic efforts by local fishermen, not all visitors could get their hands on the smoked goods.

Anita Rozentāle, the head of the Bauskas Dzīve daily told Latvian Radio April 18 that about 2,000 people attended the festival, dedicated to vimba breams - a type of fish somewhat similar to carp and often smoked to achieve a superior taste. 

Not all of the visitors were, however, able to procure some smoked fish. People could obtain stamps to exchange for fish, and there was a long queue to get these. 

Organizers say next year there'll be enough of the fish for everyone, and that they will be put up for sale. But a similar problem arose last year when vimba breams were in such high demand that many were left with no choice but to procure eelpouts or other fish in lieu of the title fish. 

A fishing contest was held in Bauska as well, hosted by nature enthusiast Māris Olte and fishing champion Pēteris Lideris.

Aivis Tirelis ranked third for catching a vimba bream weighing 700 grams, while Inese Priedīte ranked second, catching a specimen of 730 grams. First place was Juris Aigars Āboliņš with a 740 gram catch. 

This was the second vimba festival that was held in Bauska. 

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