Two types of fishing take place within Portland Harbour, recreational and commercial.
Certain types of fishing require a Fishing Permit. Using a rod and line does not require a permit although your vessel does require to be covered by Port and Harbour Dues. In brief you will require a Fishing permit to fish with pots and nets within 150m of the breakwaters and also for the use of surface nets.
Fishing is prohibited within the Noise and Magnetic Ranges at all times, and surrounding ranging areas when the ranges are in use (see Map in downlad section) and Admiralty Chart 2268
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See Downloads for Fishing Application Form and Restrictions Map
All markers used to indicate the position of fishing equipment shall be clearly marked with either the owner’s name or boat registration number.
PLEASE NOTE: A fishing permit is not required for rod and line fishing.
CONDITIONS OF FISHING PERMIT
- Fishing Licences are issued annually, terminating on December 31st.
- Breaching any of these conditions may lead to the removal of fishing gear and being liable to prosecution.
Extract from The Portland Harbour Revision Order 1997, Schedule 1, Part V Paragraph 43
Any person fishing in the harbour shall comply with directions given to him by the harbourmaster
- 3. Subject to sub-paragraphs (4) and (5) below, no person shall fish –
- in the main fairways;
- in the controlled area;
- within 150 metres of the harbour premises;
- by trawl, nets or dredges within 100 metres of the line of any cable or pipe laid down in the harbour; and
- with surface nets in the inner harbour, except with the written permission of the harbour master.
- No person shall fish in Newton’s Cove
- by trawl or dredges, west of a line drawn due north from “C” Head to the northern limit of the harbour; or
- by nets west of a line drawn 026° (true) from Torpedo Pier to the northern limit of the harbour.
- With written permission of the harbourmaster a person may lay and lift prawn and lobster pots at the following locations:
- on and within 150 metres of the seaward side of the Inner Breakwater;
- on and within 150 metres of the seaward side of the Outer Breakwater;
- in and within 150 metres of the landward side of the Outer Breakwater between Beacon E and the South Ship Channel but excluding any area for the time being marked by the buoys as set aside for a fish farm;
- on and within 150 metres of the North-eastern Breakwater and the Northern Arm; and
- within 150 metres of the harbour premises lying to the south of the Inner Breakwater
- With written permission of the harbourmaster a person may lay and lift prawn pots and within 150 metres of the landward side of the Outer Breakwater between Beacon E and the southern side of the jetty at Fort Head, but excluding any area for the time being marked by buoys as set aside for a fish farm.
- No person shall cast or place any drift, trawl or other net in such a position as to be likely to become an obstruction or danger to any property including in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, any vessel or mooring.
- All surface set nets and such other apparatus and equipment, which could impede surface navigation in the harbour, shall be attended at all times.
- Additionally, all surface set nets are to have additional floats along the surface line ensuring they are clearly visible to all water users. Failure to adequately mark surface nets could lead to the withdrawal of Fishing Permit.
- All markers used to indicate the position of fishing equipment shall be clearly marked with either the owner’s name or boat registration number.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
Fishing is prohibited within the Noise and Magnetic Ranges at all times and surrounding ranging areas when the ranges are in use.
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Fishing Permit Application Form