Fishing Rights and Permits
Fishing is a favourite past time for many people. Whether you’re planning to go fishing along our 2 000 km of beautiful coastline or in one of our many pristine rivers and dams you’ll need to apply for a recreational fishing permit.
To ensure that many citizens can enjoy this past time, and to ensure that our marine populations don’t become depleted, it’s important to follow these general regulations:
CapeNature and the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries can assist if you need more information about fishing rights and permits.
Recreational fishing regulations
Recreational fishing includes any fishing that is done for pleasure or sport. The following general regulations apply:
Remember, there are specific regulations for different types of fishing. Learn about these regulations before your next fishing trip.
How to apply for a freshwater fishing permit
There are many dams and rivers in the province where you can enjoy freshwater fishing. At these fishing spots you’re able to catch alien angling fishes like Carp, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout and Mozambique Tilapia, or indigenous angling species like the Clanwilliam Yellowfish and Berg-Breede Whitefish.
You will find a list of good, accessible angling waters within 150 km of Cape Town, and their most caught species on the CapeNature website
If you would like to get a permit to fish in the province’s rivers and dams you’ll have to contact CapeNature. CapeNature is responsible for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape, they’ll be able to assist you with permits, as well as give you more insight with regards to freshwater fishing.
If you are interested in applying for a permit, here’s what you’ll need to do.
Contact the CapeNature offices if you need more assistance:
How to apply for a marine fishing permit
The South African coastline is rich in biodiversity, with some 10 000 species of marine plants and animals recorded.
The productive waters of the west coast support a variety of commercially exploited marine life, including hake, anchovy, sardine, horse mackerel, tuna, snoek, rock lobster and abalone. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is tasked with managing the development and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources.
To apply for a marine 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 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.
Remember, there are specific regulations for different types of fishing like angling, spearfishing, the use of a 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 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.
For more information please contact:
Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
CapeNature head office:
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