Recreational fishing regulations

Recreational fishing includes any fishing that is done for pleasure or sport. The following general regulations apply:

  • You should get a fishing permit from an office authorised by the national Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
  • The selling and trading of fish is not permitted.
  • You need to use a rod, reel and line only, and follow the angling regulations when fishing.
  • Your cast net must not be larger than 6 meters in diameter.
  • If you are endorsed for spear fishing, you can catch fish of Class Pisces (that is bony fish, sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras) with a speargun only and,
  • You can fish from a vessel (like a boat) if you are endorsed to fish from a vessel.

Remember, there are specific regulations for different types of fishing. Learn about these regulations before your next fishing trip.

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