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 26€, 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 16€ 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. Here is a list of the areas:
- 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.
Where to fish in Mallorca #
- Reserva Marina de la Badía de Palma.
- Reserva Marina de Llevant de Mallorca.
- Reserva Marina del Migjorn de Mallorca.
- Reserva Marina of the island of Toro and the Malgrats Islands.
- Reserva Marina of the north of Menorca.
Get The BBQ Going #
Upon obtaining the license - Happy Fishing! Ensure you’re never within 100 metres of a fishing boat, sunbathers, beach goers or a harbour- and you’ll be fine! Remember, the Guardia Civil upholds a law - Defense Against the Environment - that restricts fires and BBQs in public places, especially beaches that are protected. If caught, you face fines and more. Let's keep our environment safe.
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
18 November, 2020