Fishing in the Canary Islands

The permits and licences required for fishing and angling in the rivers, lakes and coastal waters of the Canary Islands...

Sea and freshwater fishing in Spain is managed at a regional level. Fishing regulations and the requirement for a licence varies from region to region, and may even vary between river and lake fishing, sea angling and underwater fishing in a single province. The period of validity of a licence varies as do fishing seasons, which are announced annually by a region's authorities.

Regionally specific information is available from the local town hall (Ayuntamiento).

Fishing in the Canary Islands

Sea fishing is popular around the Canary Islands, and there are many varieties of fish to be found in the islands' waters, although restrictions are in place due to depleted stocks. Marlin fishing is popular, especially in the area around La Isla Graciosa off the north coast of Lanzarote. Many companies offer sea trips and fishing tours, alternatively it is possible to rent a boat. When participating in organised fishing expeditions, it is likely that all equipment will be provided.

Canary Fishing has information on the different types of species and areas for fishing around the Canary Islands.

Fishing Licences

A fishing licence is required for sports fishing around the Canary Islands. Fishing without a valid licence may incur a fine. There are three types of fishing licence available:

  • Recreational fishing licence (Pesca Marítima Recreativa de Altura)
  • Underwater fishing licence (Pesca Recreativa Submarina a Pulmón Libre)
  • Recreational fishing licence from a boat (Pesca Recreativa de Superficie, bote sin curricán)

Foreigners must present a valid passport in order to apply for a licence. Minors also require the permission of their parent/guardian to apply for a licence. In addition, applicants for an underwater fishing licence must have a medical certificate.

  • For further information on the different types of fishing licence: Click here (in Spanish)
  • To download the application form: Click here
Local Fishing Organisations
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