Recreational fishing and underwater fishing in Ibiza

27 Settembre, 2019

Recreational fishing and underwater fishing in Ibiza are very common practices on the islands and are perfectly regulated. You can also enjoy Family fishing trips. The richness and diversity of Ibiza marine ecosystem It is one of its main characteristics.

The first thing we should know is the differentiation between internal and external waters. Inland waters are the portions of the sea that are located within lines drawn in an imaginary way from different points of the coast. Beyond these lines, they are considered foreign waters, and as such, they are the responsibility of the State Administration.


Inland waters, on the other hand, are affected by the limitations imposed by the government of the islands. Keep in mind that natural reserves enjoy special protection. If you already know what type of fishing you are going to practice, remember that you will also need the corresponding license.

In Ibiza you will find five types of licenses:

Individual (from land or boat, for people over 14 years of age.) It costs about 13.60 euros and license lasts two years.

Collective (from 6th boat list, for a maximum of 12 people). It has a cost of 400.08 euros. Valid for one year.

Underwater or spearfishing (for over 16 years in possession of federative license). It has a cost of 15,98 euros. Valid for one year.

Sports (to participate in official competitions and training). Valid for one year.

From boat (for boats of 7th list and a maximum of five people). For boats of less than six meters long, it costs 32.10 euros and 59.04 euros for the rest. The duration is three years.

Keep in mind that this information is an excerpt from the Recreational Fishing book published by the Balearic Government, so it may contain interpretation errors or have undergone changes in cost and duration. Children under fourteen do not need any license for individual or boat fishing, but remember that the Ibizan coast is usually very steep, and although the Mediterranean is a peaceful sea, it is not without danger.

To acquire a fishing license you will need:

-The photocopy of the ID or passport, or the expired license in case of renewal.

-The receipt of the fee payment.

-The forms can be obtained in the same Balearic Government.

For the underwater and sport fishing license you must present the federative license. The sports license is free. Underwater fishing for the Balearic Islands must be obtained at an accredited center. The boat license needs the certified photocopy of the updated navigation license/role and photocopy of the owner’s ID or passport. For the collective license you will need, in addition, an application in official form, a certified photocopy of the updated navigation role/license stating the details of the package/tour, the owner, the skipper and the sports technician specialized in fishing or the fishing professional.

Obviously, the catches you will make in Ibiza will depend on the coastal area in which you are and the modality you practice. Among many others, some of the species that you can come across in Ibiza are the sirvia, the rooster, the raor, the gerret, the red mullet, the dentex, the grouper, the little tuna, the horse mackerel, the octopus or the squid.

As noted above, the fishing of some specimens is restricted by means of closed. This is the case raor, Cuya Capture is prohibited from the 1 from April to the 31 from August of each year. Pay attention, because the fines can reach up to the 2.000 euros.

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