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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Department of Environment Food and Agriculture
Thie Slieau Whallian
+44 1624 685857