Fishing Permits & Regulations near Tokyo

13 Feb Fishing Permits & Regulations near Tokyo

 

Fishery Zoning and Fishing Permits

In Japan, fishing permits for inland water are managed by each individual fisheries.
Fisheries are represented by separate Gyokyo or fisheries cooperatives  who are responsible for maintaining the environment in which fish are reproduced or stocked. They don’t own particular water as property, but they own right to trade fish raised in this water. So, the permit is an entrance ticket to participate as guest. You ought to purchase separate fishing permit due to this every time you walk into different fishery zone.

Fishing Regulations
On the other hand, fishing regulations are governed by Inland Water Fishery Management Commission (IWFMC) who belongs to each prefectures (state in Japan). They set regulations on:
1. Size   2. Season   3. Fishing Method   4. Zone.
10 members of IWFMC are selected from local Gyokyo, hutchery, recreational fishing organization, and research organization.

Tokyo, Saitama, and Kanagawa Regulations

Following are regulations for Tokyo, Saitama, and Kanagawa.

Area Water Species Release Size Open Season
Tokyo Inland Water Ayu 10cm or less 1 June – 31 December
Rainbow Trouts 12cm or less 1 March – 31 December
Cherry Salmon and Chars 12cm or less 1 March – 30 September
Carps 18cm or less All Year
Eel 26cm or less All Year
Tokyo Coastal Water Butterfish 10cm or less All Year
Amberjacks 15cm or less All Year
Eel 24cm or less All Year
Saitama Inland Water Trouts 15cm or less 1 March – 30 September
Carps 18cm or less All Year
Eel 26cm or less All Year
Kanagawa Inland Water Ayu 1 June – 14 October
1 – 31 December
Cherry Salmon and Chars 12cm or less 1 March – 14 October
Trouts 12cm or less
Carps 18cm or less All Year
Eel 24cm or less All Year
Kanagawa Coastal Water Amberjacks 15cm or less All Year
Eels 24cm or less All Year