Spearfishing regulation in Cyprus

Saltwater/Sea Fishing regulations in Cyprus

The sea around Cyprus is home to more than 250 species of fish, including snapper, amberjack and tuna. Boats can be rented at fishing shelters and stations.

Sea fishing licences


No licence is needed for:


- sea angling

- fishing with vertical lines

- trolling

- spear fishing without diving equipment (illegal in swimming areas marked with red buoys)

However, a licence is required for:

- spear fishing with aqualungs

- fishing with long-lines and traps
- fishing at night with spear guns

- any kind of commercial fishing 

Licence holders must adhere to the restrictions, which regulate the equipment that may be used and the allowed days to fish and, in certain cases, the allowable catches for each fishing outing. 

Licences are available from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR):