You need a sea fishing license to fish anywhere in Gran Canaria unless you go on a sports fishing boat with its own license.
You have to get the license (which is a plastic card) from an office in Las Palmas. Non-residents pay €12.84 for a year, or €3.22 for a 15-day license. Residents pay €5.18 for a year’s license.
Getting the license in Las Palmas is fine if you live in Gran Canaria as you can just do it on your next trip to the capital. However, it’s a right pain for tourists and short-stay visitors.
Maybe that’s why the police don’t tend to bother tourists if they are shore-fishing in Gran Canaria without a license.
How to get a Gran Canaria fishing license
Download and fill in this fishing license application form.
Take the form and a copy of your passport or NIE to the Ministry of the Environment (Servicio de Medio Ambiente) offices on the first floor of C/ Agustín Millares Carló s/n: It’s just over the road from San Telmo bus station.
Then you’ll have to pay the fee at a nearby bank and come back with the receipt. You should get your license on the spot, but it can take up to 48 hours to be ready.
People under 18 need a guardian or parent to sign the form for them.
Types of Gran Canaria fishing license
A type three fishing license covers shore fishing and bottom fishing from boats. A type one license covers recreational trawling. A type two license covers spear fishing (you also need a health certificate stating that you are fit enough to do it).
There’s a different type of license for freshwater fishing in the island’s freshwater reservoirs. You get it from the same place.