Perhaps the idea of catching your own dinner and bringing it back to the BBQ appeals to you? Well if so, then obtaining a fishing licence isn’t too tricky.
Currently the law states than any individual over the age of fourteen will need to obtain a fishing licence, so don't even think of catching your own without unless you are on a paid fishing cruise. These people normally have a boat license (see below) which is valid for the people on board.
There are five types of licence that can be applied for:
- Individual: one person
- Collective: up to twelve people
- Submarine: scuba or spear fishing
- Sport: tournaments and competitions
- Boat: up to five people.
As of this writing, an individual licence costs 25.41€, and you will receive a small plastic card (licencia en tarjeta plastica) in the post entitling you to a licence for two years. If you’re prepared to print out a paper copy (licencia imprimible en papel) you will only have to pay 15.41€ for the same entitlement.
The fishing licence is restricted to one of eleven areas across the island and you must select your area during the application process. These areas are he areas are:
- North/Northeast/Northwest: Badia d’Alcudia, Badia de Pollença, Cala Castell to Cap de Formentor, Cap de Ferrutx to Punta de n’Amer, Sa Foradada to Cala Castell
- West/Southwest: Cala en Basset to Sa Foradada, Cala Figuera to Cala en Basset
- South: Cap Salines to Cap Blanc
- East: Punta de n’Amer a S’Amarador
- Palma: Badia de Palma
Where to Apply #
All licences can be applied for online at www.caib.es/seucaib/es/200/persones/tramites/tramite/96401. Be warned though, the website is only available in Catalan or Spanish. To apply you need some form of ID, as a resident your NIE will do, and as a tourist your passport.
Get The BBQ Going #
Upon obtaining the licence - Happy Fishing! Ensure you’re never within 100 metres of a fishing boat, sunbathers, beach goers or a harbour- and you’ll be fine!
DISCLAIMER: All information contained in this may change due to changing laws and regulations and/or based on where in Spain you are.
By Zoé Holmes
7 October, 2019