Understanding the Fishing Regulations in South Africa

The fishing regulations are different all over the world and it is essential that you understand them if you intend to fish whilst abroad. In South Africa, there are lots of regulations in place to protect marine life. Here are some things to take into consideration:

  • You are not allowed to catch basking sharks, brindle bass, natal wrasse pipefish, saw fish, sea horses or whale sharks. You must not get too close to whales and disturb them either.
  • Do not remove any shells or aquatic plants unless you have the correct permit.
  • You must have permits to fish and must follow all of the regulations regarding net size, rod and reel fishing etc.
  • Cast nets have to have a diameter of less than 6 metres.
  • You cannot fish during closed season, which runs from October to November.
  • You can only catch octopus, cuttlefish and squid by jerking a hook or jig in the sea.