Government Publishes Consultation Paper on Fishing

The Gibraltar Government, in conjunction with the Gibraltar Sports & Leisure Authority, yesterday has issued a Public Consultation Paper regarding the regulation of spear fishing, scuba diving and boating in Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Chronicle wrote today, adding that Government is interested in feedback from the community before legislative plans are finalised in autumn.

Among other regulations the Government proposes to introduce three-year licences for shore fishing, as well as a maximum of two rods or hand lines per angler, minimum catch sizes and the protection of some species, the Chronicle wrote.

It plans, that non residents will have to provide proof of identity and provision of an address and telephone number to obtain a licence, the Chronicle said, quoting the paper, which says: "It is thus proposed that licences are available to be issued to residents of all countries who either do not require a licence to enable residents of Gibraltar to undertake leisure fishing in their waters, or who place no legal or practical impediment to the issue of such a licence to residents of Gibraltar."

According to the Chronicle, copies of the consultation paper can be downloaded from the Government website on or directly obtained in No.6 Convent Place; feedback can be sent to Mr J Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer, Gibraltar Sports & Leisure Authority until the 15th September 2010 (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).