Is Spearfishing Legal in UAE?

Spearfishing is a popular recreational activity in the UAE, and it is legal in all of the Emirates. However, there are certain regulations that need to be followed and certain areas where it is not allowed.

Spearfishing involves using a spear or a harpoon-like device to catch fish from the water. It is an environmentally friendly way of fishing as it does not involve using any bait or lures, which could otherwise damage the marine ecosystem. The technique also requires some skill and experience as it involves aiming and shooting accurately at a moving Target.

The UAE government has set regulations on where and when spearfishing can be done. Spearfishing is prohibited in all marine protected areas, such as the Al Qudra Nature Reserve, Dadna Marine Reserve and Marawah Marine Protected Area. In addition, fishing with spears is not allowed during spawning season (from April to August) or within 200 meters of any coral reefs in the country.

Spearfishers must also obtain a license from the local municipality before they can start fishing. The license will cost around AED 250 per annum and will be valid for one year from the date of issue. In addition, spearfishers must adhere to certain safety guidelines when they are out on the water such as wearing life jackets at all times and avoiding any form of contact with wild dolphins or turtles which are protected by law in UAE waters.

In conclusion, spearfishing is legal in UAE but there are certain regulations that need to be followed in order for it to remain safe for both participants and marine life alike. Additionally, a license must be obtained before engaging in this activity as well as adhering to safety guidelines while fishing out at sea.

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Lindsay Collins