The allowable catch per license per day is 50 units, with a maximum 300 per boat
The fishing ban on “raor” is lifted from this Friday, September 1st, until March 31st, as fishing is prohibited from April 1st to August 31st to protect the species and ensure sustainable fishing.
The allowable catch per license per day is 50 units, with a maximum of 300 units per boat, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and the Natural Environment said in a press release on Thursday.
Director General of Fisheries Antoni Grau stated that “raor fishing is mainly for recreational purposes”. In this sense, he wanted to highlight that “there are more than 12,000 recreational boating licenses on the islands because, professionally, there are few people who get involved and those who do do so only occasionally.”
The reporting of catches is mandatory for recreational boats in all Marine Protected Areas of the Balearic Islands and can be done through the mobile application (Diario de Pesca Recreativa, DPR) or on paper.
Likewise, all vessels fishing in the archipelago’s marine protected areas must obtain permission to do so. This process is free and can be done online on the ministry’s website.
AVERAGE INCREASE IN FISH SIZE BY 20%
The ministry recalled that “the Raor ban was first introduced in 2000 and lasted until July 31; since then it has been expanded on the basis of biological criteria and complemented by other measures”.
For example, in the marine reserves of Mallorca, a minimum hook length of 5.7 mm is specified for catching. As a result of all these measures and the “high compliance with the ban”, the presence of the species and the catches have been maintained in all fishing areas, with the size of the fish increasing by an average of 20 percent.