Love fishing in Abu Dhabi? It’s a fun activity enjoyed by many, but before you cast that next line, best get your permits in order.

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has just announced that in order to regulate recreational fishing in Abu Dhabi, a permit from EAD will be required.

The move according to EAD is to regulate recreational fishing in Abu Dhabi with an aim to promote marine fishing sports. The permit will be required by recreational fishermen and the organisers of marine fishing competitions.

Without the EAD permit, no one is allowed to practice the activity. This includes fishing activities that include the use of ‘line and hooks or spear guns while practising free diving or by any other methods specified by EAD, whereas conducting marine fishing competitions is limited to legal persons working in the field of marine activities.’