Young people in particular arrange to go on treasure hunts with magnet fishing magnets in still or flowing waters with extremely strong magnets. But this was recently banned in Bavaria and can be punished with heavy fines.
“I had permission from the local fishing club to go searching with my magnets in their waters,” Hannemann explains. But that alone is no longer enough; a permit from the district office is also required. Hannemann also wanted to have this issued for a section of the Danube. The answer he received was detailed and extensive. In terms of content, the explanations were based on several paragraphs of the Water Resources Act (WHG). Disappointing for Hannemann was the concluding sentence. “However, we assume that your application will not be very promising,” it said.
Not comprehensible for Hannemann. He sees himself as a water cleaner and thus as an environmentalist who can no longer pursue his voluntary work in this way. “I have already pulled out a car carburetor that was still full of gasoline,” Hannemann says on the subject.