Regulations related to the exploitation of Marine Resources, made in terms of section 61(1) of the new Marine Resources Act, (Act No 27 of 2000), came into force on the 1st August 2001 and was amended on 7th December 2001.

Regulation 5 – Permit.

(1) A person who, for recreational purposes harvests in Namibian waters, must –

a. be in possession of a fishing permit; and
b. carry out such harvesting subject to the conditions prescribed by these regulations.

(2) A person referred to in subregulation (1), who is found without a fishing permit-

a. is guilty of an offence; and
b. must produce that permit within a period of 21 days from the day on which the person pays the fine prescribed in regulation 39 (h) (iii) in respect of a failure to comply with subregulation (1) (a)

(3) A person, who fails to produce a fishing permit within the period of time prescribed by subregulation (2), is guilty of an offence.

Regulation 7 – Issuance of recreational permits

1) A fishing permit for recreational purposes referred to in regulation 5 (a) must be issued by the Minister or by any person or authority authorised thereto by the Minister, if that person or authority agreed to do so.

2) A fishing permit-

a. must be issued in the form set out in Annexure L; and
b. may be issued for a period of either one month or one year and may be obtained upon payment of a fee determined by the Minister as illustrated below.

One month against payment of N$14.00
One year against payment of N$168.00.

However, we have noticed that some anglers are not bringing the required documentation when purchasing the permits. We urge the public to produce Identity Cards or Passports for intended permit holders. Anglers under the age of 18 are requested to produce birth certificates and passport photos in order for them to be issued with fishing permits.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has an office in Henties Bay at the Fishing Centre where permits can be bought.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday:
08:00 – 13:00
14:00 – 17:00

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays:
08:00 – 13:00

Telephone number: +264-64-500320

Fishing permits for recreational purposes are also available at the below listed place:

Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources
Brendan Simbwaye Square, Block C,
C/O Uhland & Goethe Street,
Private Bag 133355, Windhoek
Telephone: 061 2053911
Facsimile: 061-240412

Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources
Inspectorate Office, 1st Street,
P.O. Box 1594, Walvis Bay
Telephone: 064-2016111
Facsimile: 064-205008

Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources
NATMIRC/Aquarium, Strand Street,
P.O. Box 912 , Swakopmund
Telephone: 064-4101000
Facsimile: 064-404385

Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources
Inspectorate Office
P.O. Box 394, Luderitz
Telephone: 063-202905
Facsimile: 063-203337

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