DO YOU KNOW THE FISHING REGULATIONS IN BARCELONA?
Do you like fishing on the beach?
If so, you should know the rules that regulate this fishing activity in Barcelona.
In this article we explain the schedules, areas and requirements to practice recreational surface fishing on the city's beaches.
Recreational surface fishing is that which is carried out from the shore or from non-professional boats, using rods, hooks and other authorized tackle.
This activity is for recreational and sporting purposes, and not for commercial purposes. Therefore, it is subject to a series of limitations to guarantee the sustainability of fishing resources and coexistence with other activities on the coast.
In Barcelona, recreational surface fishing is regulated by the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya.
The City Council establishes the hours and areas where you can fish on the beaches, while the Generalitat issues fishing licenses and sets the species, minimum sizes and quantities that can be caught.
Fishing hours and areas on Barcelona beaches vary depending on the season of the year.
During the high bathing season, which runs from June 1 to September 30, fishing activity can take place on all beaches from Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m., and in the fishing area set up on the beach of Barceloneta, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This area is located between the Gas breakwater and the Somorrostro breakwater, and is marked with information signs.
The rest of the year, fishing can be practiced on all beaches from Monday to Sunday, without time limitations.
However, you must respect the areas reserved for swimming, surfing or windsurfing, which are also signposted.
To be able to fish on the beaches of Barcelona it is necessary to be in possession of a current surface recreational fishing license (non-professional) issued by the responsible body.
Fishing license in Barcelona
This license can be requested online or in person at the regional offices of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food. The price of the license varies depending on the age and validity period.
In addition to the license, fishermen must comply with other obligations, such as respecting the species, minimum sizes and quantities that can be caught; use authorized gear; return to the sea the specimens that are not wanted or cannot be consumed; keep the environment clean; and collaborate with rural agents or civic agents if required.
Recreational surface fishing is an activity that offers many benefits for physical and mental health, in addition to promoting contact with nature and respect for the environment.
If you like fishing on the beach, remember to follow these rules and enjoy your hobby responsibly.