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Coarse Fishing Rules

1. Fishing without a valid Cardiff Harbour Authority (CHA) Fishing Licence is a criminal offence punishable by a maximum penalty of 1000. The CHA Fishing Licence is not transferable. It must not be lent, sold or otherwise transferred to any other person.

CHA Fishing Licences must be made available for inspection on request from a CHA Officer.

2. In order to purchase a CHA Fishing Licence all anglers of 12 years or over must produce a valid Environment Agency rod licence. Fishing without an Environment Agency rod licence is a criminal offence punishable by a maximum penalty of 2500

3. Anglers under the age of 12 years must be accompanied at all times by an adult over the age of 18 years old in possession of a valid CHA Fishing Licence

4. Fishing is only permitted within fishing areas designated by CHA. A detailed plan is available for inspection if you are in any doubt. Fishing outside of a designated area is a criminal offence punishable by a maximum penalty
of 1000.

5. The coarse angling closed season from 15th March to 15th June is in force on the River Ely. Other designated fishing areas in Cardiff Bay are open all year.

6. Fishing is only permitted from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.

7. Fishing from boats or any other vessel is not permitted.

8. Game fishing (salmon and sea trout) is not permitted.

9. All fish caught must be returned alive to the water.

10. The use of live bait is not permitted.

11. All equipment must be thoroughly cleaned after use to prevent the spread of disease and unwanted species (e.g. zebra mussels) to other waters. The use of keep nets is not permitted.

12. Anglers must respect other members of the public including other water users and keep disturbance and noise to a minimum. Anglers must not disturb other wildlife or damage vegetation. Sites must be kept clear of litter.

Any breach of the above rules may result in the CHA Fishing Licence being terminated and/or may result in CHA refusing to issue you with further fishing licences.