Fishing permit fees increase from 1 October 2010

UPDATE on the proposed exorbitant fee increases. Not so bad after all:

The currently gazetted prices, with effect from 1 October 2010, for fishery permits are as follows:


Warning: Permits required for Wild Coast

This is important information if you are planning on going on holiday, day trip or fishing along the Transkei Wild Coast:

You will need a permit to travel to cottages that are not on proclaimed or designated roads. (E.g. the road to the Jacaranda.) If you do not have a permit for these routes you may be charged by the Green Scorpions and given a spot fine of R2500.


Marine Protected Areas

The following Nature Reserves are Marine Protected Areas, and have a strictly "no fishing allowed" policy.

Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area

No fishing is allowed between the western bank of the mouth of the Suku River (in the District of Elliotdale) and Human’s Rock (in the district of Willowvale), including the tidal portion of the Mbashe River, extending six nautical miles seawards of the high-water mark.

Hluleka Marine Protected Area


Fishing in the Eastern Cape (and Wild Coast)

Check this great site: ... and add your fishing photos & stories there.

Fishing the Eastern Cape is for the whole of the Eastern Cape, and people should add their fishing photos & stories from East London, Port Elizabeth, Kei Mouth, Port st Johns, Port Alfred, Kidds Beach, Mabaleni Dam or wherever you are in the EC. You can add catches from fly fishing, rock & surf, estuary angling, deep sea or whatever fishing you do.


Licenses - Fishing Permits

Fishing, spearfishing, boating and crayfish licenses (amongst others) are available from any Post Office in South Africa.

Elf/Shad: 1 September -30 November
Galjoen: 15 October -last day February
Crayfish: 1 November - end February (bag limit is 8 crayfish per person/license.)

East Coast Rock Lobster (Crayfish) Regulations
1. Closed season: 1 November to the last day of February of the following year, both dates inclusive.

Sardine Run




The Wild Coast has long been a popular destination for sport fishermen. Shore angling from the rocky coastline rewards the angler with catches of Garrick, kob, steenbras, shad, Kingfish, galjoen and hottentot. The boat anglers fishing from surf launched ski boats have a chance at yellowtail, tuna, yellowfin, swordfish, mackerel, marlin, sailfish, barracuda, cob and queen fish.

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