Fishing Rights and Permits
Anybody that wants to go angling, spearfishing, use a cast or throw net or catch fish from a vessel must pay for the right to use marine resources by applying for a recreational fishing permit.
There are certain regulations that apply to recreational fishing in South Africa’s marine and estuarine environments as well as scuba-diving and jetski use in Marine Protected Areas.
CapeNature is responsible for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. Freshwater fishing is a very popular pastime in the Western Cape. It is a requirement of the Western Cape Nature Conservation Ordinance that all freshwater anglers older than six-years are required to have an angling licence to fish public waters like rivers and state dams (for example Theewaterskloof dam or Clanwilliam dam).
Before you can apply for a recreational fishing permit, you need to take the following general regulations into account:
Remember, there are specific regulations for different types of fishing like angling, spearfishing, the use of cast or throw net, fishing from vessel or scuba diving. Learn about these regulations before your next fishing trip. You should get a fishing permit from an office authorised by the national Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Recreational permit fishing fees
To apply for a fishing permit, you’ll need to pay an initial application fee and an additional fee for the issuing of your permit, if your application is successful.
These permits are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
For more information and details about the costs to apply for an annual permit, please contact or visit the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
For more information please contact:
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
CapeNature head office:
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