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RECREATIONAL FISHERIES FOR TUNA (Thunnus thynnus), SWORDFISH (Xiphias gladius) AND MEDITERRANEAN SPEARFISH (Tetrapturus belone)


Recreational fishery of tuna (Thunnus thynnus), swordfish (Xiphias gladius) and Mediterranean spearfish (Tetrapturus belone) in Republic of Croatia is regulated by the Marine Fisheries Act, Ordinance on catch, farming and trade of tuna (Thunnus thynnus), swordfish (Xiphias gladius) and Mediterranean spearfish (Tetrapturus belone) as well as by the Ordinance on sport and recreational fishery at sea. The Act and Ordinances govern the minimum catch sizes, details on performing fishing activity as well as all technical elements regarding fishery of above mentioned species. The most important provisions are:
  • In year 2014. there is no annual catch quota for tuna in recreational fishery (total catch quota for tuna in non-commercial fishery in 2014. was divided among reported sport fishery competitions).
  • In recreational fishery of tuna, swordfish and Mediterranean spearfish it is allowed to retain only one specimen of swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish daily per each license. Caught tuna must be released before pulling on board of the vessel.
  • In recreational fishery of tuna, swordfish and Mediterranean spearfish it is allowed to perform fishing activities by catch and release rule.
  • In recreational fishery, one license per day per person is allowed.
  • In recreational fishery for these species one can use three gears: rod, reel with one hook on each gear or one bait with two single-hooked, double-hooked or triple-hooked hooks on each gear.
  • In order to engage in recreational fishery for these species, a person (recreational fisherman) needs to have the license for tuna, swordfish and Mediterranean spearfish. These licenses are specific and may be valid for one (1) day, three (3) days or seven (7) days.
  • The licenses may be purchased at authorized stores, Ministry of Agriculture and its regional units or electronically on web-site of the Directorate of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • The prices vary depending on duration, and are set at: one day - 120,00 kn; 3 days - 300,00 kn; 7 days - 600,00 kn.
  • It is prohibited to use hooks made of non-corroding materials in recreational fishery of tuna, swordfish and Mediterranean spearfish.
  • Each holder of the license for recreational fishery of tuna, swordfish and Mediterranean spearfish is obliged to, within 24 hours, report the catch to the Ministry of Agriculture by the specific reporting form for catch of swordfish in recreational fishery.
  • Recreational fishery of swordfish is prohibited from March 1st till March 31st, as well as from October 1st till November 30th.
  • Licenses for recreational fishery of tuna, swordfish and Mediterranean spearfish are valid as general licenses for recreational fishery as well, for the period for which they are issued.
  • It is prohibited to sell or offer for sale the fish caught within the recreational fishery.


23.10.2013