No person shall pursue, wilfully disturb, catch, shoot, kill or be in
possession of any great white shark, whale, dolphin, marine turtle or polychaete
(bristle) worm. This means that angling with worms as bait is now prohibited.
The season and the minimum size remain unchanged, i.e. from 1 November to 30
April and 65 mm carapace length respectively. The maximum number, which a person may catch
and retain, is increased from five to seven per day. No more than 21 lobsters shall be
transported in or on a vehicle and such lobster shall be in a whole state.
No person shall on any one day catch or convey or be in possession of more
50 black, brown or ribbed mussels;
5 coelenterates such as sea anemones, sea firs, blue bottles, jellyfish, corals and sea
5 echinoderms such as brittle stars, starfish, sea urchins, sea-cucumbers, feather stars
5 hermit crabs;
5 molluscs other than black mussels, brown mussels, ribbed mussels, limpets, periwinkles
and white mussels;
2 kg red bait, washed-up ashore and weighed without shell;
25 white mussel, which may not pass through a ring with an inner diameter of 38 mm;
1 kg aquatic plants other than brown seaweed;
10 kg brown seaweed;
10 kg or 50 seashells.
PROVISIONS FOR METHODS OF COLLECTING OR CATCHING
Anglers from the shore or from an angling boat may not use more than one
fishing rod and line or hand line or more than two hooks on the line. When engaged in
spear fishing, no artificial breathing apparatus except a snorkel may be used.
Except when catching fish from a fishing vessel or when engaged in angling, marine
organisms may generally be caught or collected only by hand, provided for the collecting
of sea anemones, barnacles limpets, brown or red seaweeds, an implement, the blade or flat
edge of which shall not exceed 40 mm, may be used. In the case of rock lobster, a ring-net
may be used.
TRADING, EXPORTATION OR IMPORTATION
No person without a license or permit to catch fish on a commercial basis, or
with the written authority of the Minister shall sell any fish or other marine organisms,
including plants, provided that any such organisms imported into Namibia, may be sold. No
written authority shall be granted in respect of red bait, coelenterates, limpets,
periwinkles, bivalves, slugs, hermit crabs, echinoderms and galjoen.
The written authority of the Minister is needed to import or export any live marine
Angling is now allowed only in the following areas:
Terrace Bay and Torra Bay;
From the Ugab river to Walvis Bay;
From Pelican Point to Sandwich Harbour;
From the northern limits of Lüderitz Bay to Grosse Bucht;
From Pamona Island to the Orange River.
No person shall on any day catch from the shore or an angling boat or, if for own use,
from a licensed fishing vessel and retain more than 30 fish in total of any one or more of
kob (kabeljou), steenbras, blacktail (dassie) or galjoen, provided that on any one day no
more than 8 galjoen shall be caught and retained.
For transport purposes, no person shall convey in or on or have on any vehicle more than
30 fish referred to above, or if not all the fish are in a whole state, more than 30 kg,
provided that in the case of galjoen it shall be a maximum of 8 in a whole state, or 8 kg
if not all are in a whole state.
A person may convey in or on a vehicle fish on behalf of somebody else, provided that such
a person is present in or on the vehicle and that at no time more than 60 whole fish, or
60 kg if all are not in a whole state, of the species mentioned, or in the case of galjoen
more than 16 whole fish or 16 kg if all galjoen are not in a whole state, may be so
A fish, of which any or more of the following parts have been removed, shall be deemed
still to be in a whole state: The head, tail, scales or intestines.
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