Covid-19 Coronavirus

Hobby crab and lobster potting

To recreationally pot fish for crab and lobster a person must hold a valid licence issued by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture. 

Current recreational licences to fish for lobster and crab are due to expire on 30 June 2021. An annual licence will then be available, valid until 30 June 2022.  The fee is £10.

Catch returns must be completed and returned on an annual basis by licence holders. A catch return for the annual licence will be made available to download from this website shortly, or telephone +44 1624 685857 or email fisheries@gov.im to request the form.

Non-commercial fishing for crab and lobster is governed by Sea Fisheries (Lobster and Crab) (Recreational Licensing) Regulations 2015 as amended.

Catch returns must be completed and returned on an annual basis.

Non-commercial fishing for crab and lobster is governed by regulations.

Applying and paying for a licence

An application for a recreational licence to fish for crab and lobster is available to download on this page. Once completed the application form should be returned, along with payment by cheque, to the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture’s Fisheries Division. Payment can also be made by card over the phone, or by card/cash if paying in person at our offices in St John’s.

Marine Nature Reserves

Marine Nature Reserves (MNRs) are a type of Marine Protected Area, an area of the sea protected from some damaging activities and impacts. These areas are subject to specific bye-laws. More information on the Manx Marine Nature Reserves can be found at www.gov.im/MNR.

Environment Directorate

Fisheries Division

Department of Environment Food and Agriculture

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's

IM4 3AS

Telephone:+44 1624 685857

Email:Send Email


Button _Fisheries Directorate Homepage

Back to top