Fishing in Malta

Find out about the fishing categories, seasons and the permits required to fish along the coasts of the islands of Malta...

Malta's waters are home to a wide variety of marine life. With over 250 Km of coastline and crystal blue seas, Malta and Gozo provide many attractive locations for recreational fishing.

Malta's fishing is limited to shore fishing, coastal boat fishing and offshore sea fishing. There is no coarse (freshwater) fishing.

Fishing is available all year round in Malta and is not limited to a fixed season. Expect to encounter the following fish:

  • Bream
  • Wrasse
  • Comber
  • Grouper
  • Damselfish
  • Mullet
  • Parrotfish
  • Tuna
  • Dorado / Mahi-mahi
  • Swordfish
  • Barracuda
  • Amberjack
  • Swordfish

There are a number of marine species found in the Mediterranean to be careful of:

  • Weever Fish
  • Stingray
  • Scorpion fish
  • Jellyfish
  • Moray eel
  • Barracuda
  • Shark

Fishing Regulations

There are a few zones where fishing is prohibited in Malta:

  • In proximity of the sewage outfall Wied Ghammieq between the two marked areas
  • In Dockyard Creek or the French Creek in Grand Harbour
  • Certain designated swimming zones

Full details of Malta's fishing laws can be found in the Fishery Regulations (S.L.425.01).

Malta and European Union regulations

Malta is subject to EU fishing regulations concerning sustainability.

  • Find out more about the full list of requirements appertaining to the 25 mile management zone around Malta (Chapter 10 Articles 26 and 27).

Due to its scarcity, the EU has a regional policy for the catching of bluefin tuna.

Fishing Permits

No permits are required for recreational fishing. With a few exceptions, everyone is free to fish at any location at any time using:

  • hook and line
  • fish spear or grains
  • basket traps
  • small hand nets
  • other minor recognised implements

Exceptions

A special permit is required for the use of other fishing implements not mentioned above. The permit can be applied for at the Fisheries Department.

Fishing for bluefin tuna also requires a special permit from the Fisheries Department and is only permitted on a catch and release basis. The number of permits issued are reviewed every year according to the stocks of the fish in the area.

Fishing Clubs and Associations

Fishing clubs and societies in Malta belong to the National Federation of Sports Anglers Association. Popular clubs in the country include: