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   Fishing in Cyprus
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Sea Fishing

Fresh Water Angling

Fishing in Cyprus

Fishing in Paphos  Fishing is a very popular leisure activity in Cyprus as the country has a number of very well stocked reservoirs as well as exotic species in the Mediterranean sea around Cyprus coast.

Freshwater Fishing

Cyprus has over 20 reservoirs open to anglers and most are well stocked with a variety of fish. These very well stocked reservoirs contain more than 15 species of freshwater fish, including trout, largemouth bass, catfish, carp, pike, perch, and roach. Just get your license, a rod and reel and enjoy a days freshwater fishing.

Yermasogeia Reservoir Dam: This dam is located approximately 10 minutes drive from Limassol and offers freshwater species of silver bream, carp, grey mullet and several other species.

Asprogremmos Reservoir Dam:  This dam is the reservoir to Paphos and holds freshwater species of bass, catfish and trout among several others and is one of the largest dams in Cyprus.

  • The Cyprus Freshwater Angling Association is a non-profit organisation with a particular focus on protecting dams and preventing illegal fishing. As well as a list of reservoirs and other information, they publish a page of contact details for nearby police stations and Fisheries Department Offices for licenses and general information.  

    Freshwater fishing licences

    Sport fishing in Cyprus reservoirs and dams is regulated by the government. It is necessary to have a licence to fish.

    It is possible to buy a fishing licence online via the Web Portal of thee Republic of Cyprus. Licences can also be obtained at the fisheries department offices of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research. Licences are personal - they are non-transferable - and are only issued to people over 12 years of age. A fee can either be paid to fish in a single reservoir, or a higher rate can be paid to access all reservoirs. All licences expire on the 31 December of the year in which they are issued. Short-term group licences are available.

    Freshwater fishing regulations

    Anyone fishing in Cyprus must adhere to fishing regulations which apply to the following:

  • Fishing hours: daylight only, including an hour before sunrise and the hour after sunset

  • Fishing methods: single rod, line and hook per licence holder; no fishing aids or chemicals

  • Fishing location is from dam banks only

  • Catch limit: There is a catch limit per species

  • Size limit: There is a size limit per species

  • Bank protection: Bank-side soil and plants are protected and includes a limit on the use of vehicles

  • Note: fishing regulations often change depending on environmental factors. The rules above are only an overview. Please request more detailed information regarding all restrictions and regulations from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research.

    Fishing is forbidden in a reservoir, even to holders of valid licences, until it has been declared open by the Director of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research.

    Information on reservoirs, their locations, opening dates and times, restrictions and other useful information is provided by the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research.


    Dams in Cyprus for local fishing


    Saltwater / Sea Fishing

    The sea around Cyprus is home to more than 250 species of fish, including snapper, amberjack and tuna. Boats can be rented at fishing shelters and stations.

    Sea fishing licences

    No licence is needed for:

    • sea angling

    • fishing with vertical lines

    • trolling

    However, a licence is required for:

    • spear fishing (illegal in swimming areas marked with red buoys)

    • fishing with long-lines and traps

    • fishing at night with spear guns

    • any kind of commercial fishing

    Licence holders must adhere to the restrictions, which regulate the equipment that may be used and the allowed days to fish and, in certain cases, the allowable catches for each fishing outing.

    Licences are available online or in-person from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR):

    • Head Office of Department of Fisheries and Marine Research  (DFMR):
      At: 101 Vithleem Street
      1416 Nicosia

    Spear fishing

    The Web Portal of the Republic of Cyprus offers the ability to buy a spear fishing license. For up-to-date information on the conditions of spear fishing, it is recommended to directly contact the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research. (DFMR):

    Note: It is only possible to spearfish when free diving. No scuba tanks may be used.



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