Are there any restrictions on fishing in Malta?

Yes, there are some restrictions on recreational fishing in Malta. According to the Fishery Regulations (S.L.425.01), fishing is limited to shore fishing, coastal boat fishing and offshore sea fishing. There is no coarse (freshwater) fishing allowed.

The fish caught must be of a minimum length and personally consumed. If sold, a permit must be obtained and proceeds have to go to charity. Any swordfish or tuna caught must be landed at Mġarr, Marfa, Valletta or Marsaxlokk, where they will be inspected . The fishermen must notify each port at least four hours before reaching harbor.

There are a few zones where fishing is prohibited in Malta, such as in proximity of the sewage outfall, Wied Ghammieq between the two marked areas, in Dockyard Creek or the French Creek in Grand Harbor, and certain designated swimming zones.

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