Fishing licenses information’s

Frequently asked questions about sport fishing at sea in Croatia

1. Where can I buy a license for sport fisheries at sea in Croatia?

Licenses can be ordered and bought at our official web pages www.sub.hr after the payment was made. Our club Is authorized dealers by Directorate of fisheries and Croatian association for sport fisheries at sea.

2. What should I do if I bought the wrong license or entered the wrong data?

In case of buying wrong fisheries license, one should contact us and we’re going to solve the problem as soon as possible.

3. How can I obtain a license if I buy it online?

After completing a procedure of buying the license, confirmation of purchase and license number will be sent by e-mail.

4. What kind of fisheries gear and equipment can be used by SPORTS fisheries license owners?

There are several kinds of fishing licenses:

– daily;

– license for more days,

– yearly (only till 01. march every year);

Licenses are valid only with membership certificate of the Croatian Sport Sea Fishing Association (Hrvatski savez za športski ribolov na moru) or membership certificate of an equivalent foreign association.

Fishing tools and gear which are allowable in SPORTS fishing:

  1. maximum of two underwater spear guns;
  2. maximum of two fishing lines (free hook), (in Croatian: ODMET);
  3. maximum of two fishing lines (in Croatian: KANČENICA);
  4. maximum of two downriggers/trolling fishing lines (in Croatian: PANULA);
  5. maximum two trolling lines, with hooks on each line for catching  Cephalopods;
  6. a large sea worm (trap) hunting device, up to two (2) pieces.

The maximum allowed daily catch is 5 kg of fish and marine organisms.

Fishing rods are allowed to use fishing rods and load carrying capacity less than 30 lb.

Spearfishing rules: Spear fishermen must move in and under the water only with his own strength (no artificial power devices allowed). Using of devices which enable underwater breathing (diving gear) is not allowed in underwater fishing. Underwater fishing is allowed during daylight from sunrise until sundown with obligate usage of the diving buoy. Using the underwater lamp is allowed.

5. What kind of fisheries gear and equipment can be used by RECREATIONAL fisheries license owners?

Fishing tools and gear which are allowed to use in RECREATIONAL fishing:

  1. maximum of two fishing lines, with max. 3 hooks on each line (in Croatian: ODMET);
  2. maximum of two fishing lines, with max. 3 hooks on each line (in Croatian: KANČENICA);
  3. maximum of two trolling fishing lines, with max. 3 hooks on each line (in Croatian: PANULA);
  4. maximum two trolling lines, with hooks on each line for catching  Cephalopods;
  5. a large sea worm (trap) hunting device, up to two (2) pieces.

The maximum allowed daily catch is 5 kg of fish and marine organisms.

Fishing rods are allowed to use fishing rods and load carrying capacity less than 30 lb.

6. Who is allowed to buy an annual license for recreational or sport fisheries at sea?

Anyone can buy an Annual license for recreational fisheries at sea. As for sport fisheries annual license, one should buy membership card of our club as is a member of Croatian Federation for Sport fisheries at sea. (HSŠRM).

7. During which period an annual license is valid?

An annual license for sporting fisheries is valid only for the calendar year in which it is bought, no matter when it is bought.

8. Are children obliged to buy a license?

Children up to 14 years old can use one hook or one troll line without purchasing a recreational fisheries license.

9. Are children allowed to take part in sport fisheries?

They are allowed as long as they are not using a speargun. License is not valid for sporting fisheries while using a speargun for citizens up to 16 years.

10. How can I buy the license for a bottom longline fishing?

Purchasing a license for bottom longline fishing is allowed only by annual license holders.

11. Is it allowed to catch tuna fish when owning a sport license?

It is not allowed with sport license, but it is possible to buy a special license for sport fishery of tuna, swordfish and Mediterranean spearfish which allows catching of tuna fish. License owners are, though, obliged to set fish free before taking it ashore. In sport fishery of tuna, swordfish, and Mediterranean spearfish it is allowed to retain only one specimen of swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish daily per each license. Caught tuna must be released before pulling on board of the vessel. Licenses for recreational fishery of tuna, swordfish and Mediterranean spearfish are valid as general licenses for sport fishery as well, for the period for which they are issued.

12. Which area licenses for sport fisheries cover?

After buying a license, the owner is allowed to fish anywhere in the Croatian part of Adriatic, except in territories regulated by special regulations, like national parks, nature parks, mariculture areas, ports, river mouths and beaches and bathing places from May, 1st to October, 1st.

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