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Fishing regulations

Full fisheries legislation and subordinate regulations can be found on the Jersey Legal Information Board Website 

Sea Fisheries (Jersey) Law 1994 - Jersey Legal Information Board website

Reporting incidents

Officers can be contacted through the Department of the Environment during office hours on

 +44 (0) 1534 441600 or Jersey Coastguard  +44 (0) 1534 447705 at any time.

Minimum sizes of fish and shellfish

You cannot land, sell, expose or offer for sale, or have in your possession any fish or shellfish that are under the minimum sizes set out below.

If you take any fish or shellfish on board that are under these minimum sizes, then you must return them to the sea immediately.  Minimum sizes and other regulations are in the Recreational Angling and Low Water Fishing leaflet.

Licensed commercial fishermen should check their licence conditions as they may contain further restrictions relating to the sizes of fish which may be retained or landed.

Bag limits

Certain species, including bass, tope and bluefin tuna, have a catch limit in place. Current limits for ormers are 20 per person per day and an overall limit of 100 per boat per day if more than 5 people are ormering.

For example:

  • 4 people on board, boat limit 80 (20 per person)
  • 5 people on board, boat limit 100 (20 per person, 100 per boat)
  • 6 people on board, boat limit 100 (limit of 100 per boat, regardless of number of people)
​Species​Species Personal Daily Bag LimitOverall Boat limit
​Ormers​20​100
​Bass ​1​n/a
​Bluefin tuna​0​0
​Tope​0​0






Bag limits are subject to change during the year and fishermen must ensure they know the limit at the time they are fishing. For further information contact Marine Resources.

Ormers

Fishing for ormers may only take place from 1 October to 30 April. During that period fishing may only take place on the first day of each new or full moon and the 3 following days. For example, if a full moon falls on 29 April, fishing still cannot take place after 30 April.

If you find an ormer with a yellow tag please record the number and contact Marine Resources.

Ormer information and regulations leaflet

Ormer Season 2019 - 2020

Fresh ormers may only be possessed between 1 October and 30 April inclusive and then only on the first day of each new or full moon and the three following days on a boat or the five following days on land. The term 'fresh' does not include frozen, cured or otherwise preserved. Low-water fishermen wishing to freeze down ormers to be eaten out of season may still do so.

Ormers may only be exported from the island when they are fresh, and then only on the days that ormer fishing is authorised.

Bass

Recreational fishing

A bag limit of one fish per day is in place from 1 April to 31 October. Catch and release only at all other times.

Recreational bass angling daily recording form

Commercial Fishing

Bass fishing is regulated by licence conditions. Targeted bass fishing is restricted to a small number of Jersey licensed vessels with a Jersey Bass Permit.

Marking of gear

All fishing gear (including storeboxes and storepots) left in or on the sea must be clearly marked with the registered number of the vessel (registered name for those boats not requiring a J or JY number).

Parlour Pots

Parlour pots must have at least one escape gap of the legally required size in the parlour area.

Parlour pots and pots designed to restrict the escape of shellfish are not to be used at Les Minquiers or Les Ecréhous. For more information please refer to the legislation in the links below.

Sea Fisheries (Les Minquiers) (Jersey) Regulations 2007 on Jersey Legal Information Board website

Sea Fisheries (Les Echréhous) (Jersey) Regulations 2018 on Jersey Legal Information Board website

Fishing boat licences

Any boat used for commercial fishing (where the catch is sold) must hold a valid Jersey licence.

Fishing boat licences

Underwater fishing

It is forbidden to take any shellfish, other than crabs, from the sea while totally or partially submerged and breathing with the aid of underwater breathing apparatus or wearing a face visor, a mask or goggles.

Scallops may be taken by permit only, which can be obtained from the department. The minimum size for a scallop is 102mm measured across the broadest part of the shell and all scallops must be kept on board whole so they can be measured, the meat must not be removed from the shell.

If a vessel is used for illegal diving for shellfish, the person in command of the vessel will be committing an offence.

Apply for a scallop diving permit

Trawling and dredging

Trawling and dredging from boats is restricted in various parts of Jersey’s waters. Anyone wishing to fish using these methods should contact the Department of the Environment for further details.

Ground lines and Nets

Ground lines

Ground lines (trots) and single hooks are prohibited.

Beach set nets

Nets set on the beach are prohibited.

Nets

Any fishing nets set from a boat may only be used where the depth of the sea is more than 130cm (approx. 4ft 3in)

Restrictions on inshore netting

No person shall use for the purpose of fishing for sea fish any net set from a boat, or any equipment attached thereto, including anchors, lines and floats, within 200 metres of the shoreline between La Coupe Point to La Rocque Harbour and thence to St Brelade’s Bay Pier at any state of the tide during the hours of daylight during the period beginning on 1 April and ending on 15 October in any year.

Minimum size of nets

The minimum size for all types of nets, including trawls, depends on the type of fish being targeted. For further details contact the Department of the Environment.

Low water fishing

Low water fishermen are asked to return all rocks that they turn to their original position to conserve the environment beneath them. Studies undertaken in Brittany show that it can take between 5 and 10 years for the environment to recover to a condition suitable for ormers.

Recreational angling and low water fishing leaflet

Seaweed Harvesting

New regulations to modernise the management of seaweed harvesting on Jersey's coastline have been lodged for States debate this autumn. The recommended regulations were based on the outputs of a study conducted by Marine Resources looking at the potential for Aquaculture and Wild Harvesting of seaweed for personal and commercial use.

Seaweed Aquaculture and Wild Harvesting Report 2019

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