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License in Greece?

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Hello friends,

I cannot find a defnitive answer to need a spearfishing license in Greece - also, is it possible to spearfish in May?

Thanks!
 
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miker

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Hello friends,

I cannot find a defnitive answer to need a spearfishing license in Greece - also, is it possible to spearfish in May?

Thanks!
During May is prohibited! Now about the license, i don't know! When you come, you can ask the local port police authorities!
 
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In May spearfishing is not allowed.
In general you don't need a license to do spearfishing in Greece. You just have to be over 18 y.o.
Even without license, there are various rules regarding spearfishing. In brief here:
  • 500m away from the entrance of a port
  • 500m away from any professional fisherman equipment
  • 500m away from a beach where people are swimming
  • you need a yellow buoy with a yellow flag with a red stripe (like the dive flag but yellow and red)
  • before dawn and after dusk
  • the usage of torch or other light source
  • limit of pray has to be less than 5 kgs
  • other regulations on the size of a specific kind of fish apply.
Finally, you have to ask the local port state about the place you want to hunt since they may have restricted the access.
 
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In May spearfishing is not allowed.
In general you don't need a license to do spearfishing in Greece. You just have to be over 18 y.o.
Even without license, there are various rules regarding spearfishing. In brief here:
  • 500m away from the entrance of a port
  • 500m away from any professional fisherman equipment
  • 500m away from a beach where people are swimming
  • you need a yellow buoy with a yellow flag with a red stripe (like the dive flag but yellow and red)
  • before dawn and after dusk
  • the usage of torch or other light source
  • limit of pray has to be less than 5 kgs
  • other regulations on the size of a specific kind of fish apply.
Finally, you have to ask the local port state about the place you want to hunt since they may have restricted the access.
- The red-white dive flag is accepted as well.
- NO light source is allowed, regardless of time of day. This only applies to spearfishing, not to freediving or snorkeling.

* Last year a modification of the rules was proposed by the professional fishermen. They claimed the reduction of marine biodiversity is solely the amateur fisherman's fault. Like the old man and his grandchild fishing with a handheld line in the harbour is what causes the extinction of the marlin. Right. Anyway, Mitsotakis being the government for the money (as always with political parties that carry 'democracy' in their name, the proposal might very well be accepted by now.

A few of the modifications to the rules as far as I can remember were:
- reduction from 5 to 4kg catch limit
- May AND April being forbidden for spearing
- reduction of boat HP when used for (spear)fishing
- some changes on minimum sizes and count for various species
- removed catch limit for certain invasive species like the lionfish (leodopsaro) and siganus (germanos)

The letter they sent to the government was a great example of Balkan corruption and insanity. It even listed the fines the government should issue when rules would be broken, so DO check with the local port police to be sure. Fines used to be €300 for most of the offenses, but the letter suggested (requested) them to be a lot higher.

The Greek waters aren't in a very good condition, so please act responsible. Rules might allow a certain catch, but that doesn't that you should. For example, groupers and certain lobsters can be considered threatened. Invasives like the delicious lionfish are everywhere and are damaging the ecosystem with such force they make us, humans, look like amateurs. The last two years there has been a steep decline of octopus. Some blame another invasive fish, the poisonous pufferfish lagocephalus (lagokefalos). Don't catch more than you need. Don't catch the smallest fish, but definitely don't catch the biggest fish, leave the biggest to have offspring; groupers are already shrinking in maximum size.

The [old] list of catch sizes (Greek - Latin - size in cm or grams):
ΚΟΙΝΗ ΟΝΟΜΑΣΙΑ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΟΝΙΚΗ ΟΝΟΜΑΣΙΑ ΕΛΑΧΙΣΤΟ ΜΕΓΕΘΟΣ-ΒΑΡΟΣ
ΨΑΡΙΑ-ΜΑΛΑΚΙΑ-ΚΕΦΑΛΟΠΟΔΑ
ΒΛΑΧΟΣ POLYPRION AMERICANUS 45 εκ.
ΓΑΥΡΟΣ ENGRAULIS ENGRASIOLUS 9 εκ.
ΓΛΩΣΣΑ SOLEA SOLEA (VULGARIS) 20 εκ.
ΓΟΠΑ BOOBS BOOBS 10 εκ.
ΚΑΜΠΑΝΑΣ DIPLODUS VULGARIS 18 εκ.
ΚΑΡΑΓΚΙΟΖΗΣ ή ΚΑΜΠΑΝΑΣ DIPLODUS VULGARIS 18 εκ.
ΚΕΦΑΛΑΣ PAGELLUS BOGARAVEO 33 εκ.
ΚΕΦΑΛΟΙ MUGIL Spp. 16 εκ.
ΚΕΦΑΛΟΣ MUGIL CEPHALUS 16 εκ.
ΚΟΛΙΟΣ SCOMBER JAPONICUS 18 εκ.
ΚΟΡΑΣΣΙΟΣ Η ΠΕΤΑΛΟΥΔΑ CARASSIUS CARASSIUS 15 εκ.
ΚΟΡΕΓΟΝΟΙ COREGONUS spp 20 εκ.
ΚΟΥΤΣΟΜΟΥΡΑ MULLUS BARBATUS 11 εκ.
ΚΥΠΡΙΝΟΙ ή ΓΡΙΒΑΔΙΑ CYPRINUS spp 30 εκ.
ΛΑΥΡΑΚΙ DICENTRARCHUS LABRAX 25 εκ.
ΛΙΤΣΑ LICHIA AMIA 14 εκ.
ΛΥΘΡΙΝΙ ΚΟΙΝΟ PAGELLUS ERYTHRINUS 15 εκ.
ΜΟΥΡΜΟΥΡΑ LITHOGNATHUS MORMYRUS 20 εκ.
ΜΟΥΣΜΟΥΛΙ PAGELLUS ACARNE 17 εκ.
ΜΠΑΚΑΛΙΑΡΟΣ MERLUCCIUS MERLUCCIUS 20 εκ.
ΜΠΑΡΜΠΟΥΝΙ MULLUS SURMULLETUS 11 εκ.
ΜΥΤΑΚΙ DIPLODUS PUNTAZZO 18 εκ.
ΟΥΓΑΙΝΑ ή ΜΥΤΑΚΙ DIPLODUS PUNTAZZO 18 εκ.
ΠΕΡΚΑ PERCA FLUVIATILIS 18 εκ.
ΠΕΣΤΡΟΦΑ ONCORHYNCHUS MYKISS 20 εκ.
ΡΟΦΟΣ EPINEPHELUS MARGINATUS 45 εκ.
ΣΑΡΓΟΣ DIPLODUS SARGUS 23 εκ.
ΣΑΡΔΕΛΑ SARDINA PILCHARDUS 11 εκ.
ΣΑΦΡΙΔΙ TRACHURUS Spp. 15 εκ.
ΣΚΟΥΜΠΡΙ SCOMBER SCOMBRUS 18 εκ.
ΣΠΑΡΟΣ DIPLODUS ANNULARIS 12 εκ.
ΣΦΥΡΙΔΑ EPINEPHELUS spp 45 εκ.
ΤΙΓΚΑ ή ΓΛΗΝΙ TINCA TINCA 15 εκ.
ΤΟΝΝΟΣ ΕΡΥΘΡΟΣ (ΚΟΙΝΟΣ) THUNNUS THYNNUS 115 εκ. (ή 30 κιλά)
ΤΣΙΠΟΥΡΑ SPARUS AURATA 20 εκ.
ΦΑΓΚΡΙ ΚΟΙΝΟ PAGRUS PAGRUS 18 εκ.
ΦΡΙΣΣΑ SARDINELLA AURITA 10 εκ.
ΧΕΛΙ ANGUILLA ANGUILLA 30 εκ.
ΧΤΑΠΟΔΙ OCTAPUS VULGARIS 500 χλγρ.
Απαγορεύεται, εκτός από τις παραπάνω περιπτώσεις , η εμπορία κάθε είδους ψαριών, που έχουν μήκος μέχρι και οκτώ (8) εκατοστά.

ΜΑΛΑΚΟΣΤΡΑΚΑ
ΑΣΤΑΚΟΚΑΡΑΒΙΔΑ HOMARUS GAMMARUS 30 εκ. (ολικό μήκος) - 10,5 εκ. (μήκος κελύφους)
ΑΣΤΑΚΟΣ PALINYRIDAE 9 εκ.(μήκος κελύφους) ή 420 χλγρ.
ΓΑΜΠΑΡΗ (ΚΟΚΚΙΝΗ ΓΑΡΙΔΑ) PARAPENAEUS LONGIROSTRIS 2 εκ.(μήκος κελύφους)
ΚΑΡΑΒΙΔΑ NEPHROPS NORVEGICUS 7 εκ.(ολικό μήκος) - 2 εκ. (μήκος κελύφους

ΟΣΤΡΑΚΑ
ΑΚΑΝΘΩΤΟΣ ΣΤΡΟΜΠΟΣ BOLINUS BRANDARIS 6 εκ.
ΑΥΤΙ HALIOTIS TUBERCULATA 6 εκ.
ΑΧΙΒΑΔΑ RUDITAPES DECUSSATUS 4,5 εκ.
ΑΧΙΒΑΔΑΚΙ Η ΠΕΤΣΙΝΑΚΙ SPISULA SUBTRUNCATA 2,5 εκ.
ΓΥΑΛΙΣΤΕΡΗ CALLISTA CHIONE 4,5 εκ.
ΈΣΠΕΡΟΣ GARI DEPRESSA 4 εκ.
ΚΑΛΟΓΝΩΜΗ ARCA NOAE 5 εκ.
ΚΟΧΥΛΙΑ VENERUPIS SPP 2,5 εκ.
ΚΥΔΩΝΙΑ VENUS SPP 4 εκ.
ΛΕΙΟ Η ΓΥΑΛΙΣΤΕΡΟ ΧΤΕΝΙ FLEXOPECTEN GLABER 4,5 εκ.
ΜΥΔΙ MYTILUS GALLOPROVINCIALIS 5 εκ.
ΠΟΡΦΥΡΑ THAIS HAEMASTOMA 5 εκ.
ΠΟΥΡΛΙΔΑ Η ΚΑΤΡΟΥΛΙΔΑ CERASTODERMA GLAUCUM 4 εκ.
ΣΤΡΕΙΔΙ OSTREA EDULIS 7 εκ.
ΣΤΡΟΓΓΥΛΗ ΑΧΙΒΑΔΑ DOSINIA EXOLETA 4 εκ.
ΣΤΡΟΜΠΟΣ PHYLLONOTUS TRUNCULUS 5 εκ.
ΤΕΛΛΙΝΑ Η ΦΑΣΟΛΑΚΙ DONAX TRUNCULUS 3 εκ.
ΧΑΒΑΡΟ MODIOLUS BARBATUS 5 εκ.
ΧΤΕΝΙ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΙΑΚΩΒΟΥ ή ΜΕΓΑΛΟ ΧΤΕΝΙ PECTEN JACOBEUS 10 εκ.
ΧΤΕΝΙ Η ΚΑΛΟΧΤΕΝΟ AEQUIPECTEN OPERCULARIS 5 εκ.
ΨΕΥΤΟΚΑΛΟΓΝΩΜΗ BARBATIA BARBATA 5 εκ.
ΨΕΥΤΟΚΥΔΩΝΟ CHAMELLEA GALLINA 3,5 εκ.
Η ΜΕΤΡΗΣΗ TOY ΜΕΓΕΘΟΥΣ ΤΩΝ ΟΣΤΡΑΚΩΝ ΓΙΝΕΤΑΙ ΚΑΤΑ ΜΗΚΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΜΑΚΡΥΤΕΡΟΥ ΤΜΗΜΑΤΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΟΣΤΡΑΚΟΥ.

ΔΟΛΩΜΑΤΑ
ΓΑΡΙΔΑΚΙ PLAEMON SPP 5 εκ.
ΓΥΛΟΣ Η ΓΥΑΛΟΨΩΛΟΣ Η ΨΩΛΙΑΓΚΟΣ Η ΛΑΘΟΥΡΙ HOLOTHURIA 15 εκ.
ΚΑΤΣΙΜΑΜΑΛΟ Η ΣΤΡΟΜΠΑΡΙ Η ΠΑΔΑΡΑΤΟ Η ΠΟΡΦΥΡΑ Η ΚΥΡΙΚΙ Η ΣΚΑΛΤΡΙΝΙ PAGURIDAE 5 εκ.
ΚΟΚΚΙΝΟ ΣΚΟΥΛΗΚΙ ARENICOLA MARINA 20 εκ.
ΜΑΜΟΥΝΙ Η ΛΑΣΠΟΓΑΡΙΔΑ Η ΚΑΡΑΒΙΔΑΚΙ UPOGEBIA SPP 5 εκ.
ΜΑΥΡΟ ΣΚΟΥΛΗΚΙ EUNICIDAE 15 εκ.
ΠΕΤΑΛΙΔΑ PATELLA SPP 3 εκ.
ΣΑΜΑΡΙ Η ΣΑΝΤΟΙΤΣ SOLENOCURTUS STRIGILATUS 7 εκ.
ΣΚΟΥΛΗΚΙ ΑΜΜΟΥ OPHELIA BICOMIS 5 εκ.
ΣΚΟΥΛΗΚΙ Η ΚΟΚΚΙΝΟ ΣΚΟΥΛΗΚΙ HEDISTAE DIVERSICOLOR 30 εκ.
ΣΩΛΗΝΑΣ ΑΜΜΟΥ ENSIS SILIQUA & SOLEN MARGINATUS 8 εκ.
ΤΡΙΧΙΑ MARPHYSA SPP 20 εκ.
ΤΣΟΥΤΣΟΥΝΙ ΑΣΠΡΟ Η ΑΓΡΙΟ GOLFINGIA ELONGATA 7 εκ.
ΤΣΟΥΤΣΟΥΝΙ ΚΑΦΕ Η ΜΑΝΑ Η ΣΚΟΥΛΗΚΙ ΝΟΤΙΑΣ SIPUNCULUS NUDUS 15 εκ.
ΦΑΡΑΩ EUNICE APHRODITOIS 60 εκ. ή 150 χλγρ.
ΦΩΛΑΔΑ Η ΦΤΕΡΑ ΑΓΓΕΛΟΥ Η ΠΕΤΡΟΣΩΛΗΝΑΣ PHOLAS DACTYLUS 8 εκ.
 
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