Sports angling from the shore or a boat and underwater spear-gun fishing are some of the sports Poreč offers, but should you want to go sea fishing during your holiday you will need to obtain a license. Your hooks will most often bring in flathead grey mullets, annular sea breams, sea breams, pickerels and European sea bass, gilthead sea breams, groopers, squid (calamari) and common cuttlefish.

Fishing License - Istria

A fishing license is necessary for sports angling, hand-line fishing, fishing with a trawl-line with up to 150 hooks, tuna fishing and big game fishing as well as for underwater spear-gun fishing. Licenses are valid for 1, 3, 7 or 30 days and can be purchased in authorised tourist agencies and offices. The price of an individual license depends on the length of its validity, and it is necessary to obtain special licenses for fishing tuna, swordfish and long billed Mediterranean spearfish. As a sports fisherman you are not allowed to sell anything you catch and the maximum daily catch is 5 kg.

Fishing Licenses

License prices:
-    one day license 60 kn
-    three-day license 150 kn
-    seven-day license 300 kn
-    monthly license 700 kn

Fishing permits (licenses) are issued in local Adriatic Fishing and Agriculture Offices at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management in Pula, sv. Polikarpa 2, telephone +385 (0)52 591 323.

Where to purchase a fishing license

Fishing licenses can be purchased at a number of locations in Poreč:
- Adriatic Tourist Agency, Trg slobode 2a, tel. +385 (0)52 452 655
Sunny Way Tourist Agency, Aldo Negri 1, tel. +385 (0)52 452 021
- Riviera Poreč, V. Nazora 9, tel. +385 (0)52 431 087
Sportsko-ribolovno društvo Zubatac (The Dentex sports and fishing society), Rade Končara bb, tel. +385 (0)52 451-850
- Društvo za podvodne aktivnosti i sportski ribolov na moru (The Society for Underwater Activities and Sea fishing Sport), Nikole Tesle bb, tel. +385 (0)52 452-300

Important notes

Using autonomous diving equipment while underwater spear-gun fishing and / or removing crabs and shells is forbidden.  The removal of pen shells (fan mussels) and date shells (date mussels) is strictly forbidden.  Fishing licenses are not valid for the fishing of economically important fish species and other sea organisms smaller than those stated in The Decree on the Protection of Fish and other Sea Organisms.

Special restrictions are in place at Brijuni National Park.

Diving with equipment is subject to a special permission which must be obtained from registered clubs and for which you must provide a certificate stating that you passed the required test, while diving with only a mask does not require any special permissions.

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