Fishing card

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1. Applying for a fishing card in writing

In order to receive a fishing card, you must submit a standard application to the Department of the Environmental Board of Estonia in the location of the fishing water body.

You can download the application form here: Kalastuskaardi taotluse vorm http://www.kalastusinfo.ee/media/File/Taotlus kalastuskaardi saamiseks.doc  Kalastuskaardi taotluse vorm PDF (Fishing card application form).

If the application is submitted by post, the date and time of registering the application in the document management system of the Environmental Board of Estonia will be deemed the time of submitting the application. If the application is submitted by post and the date confirming its delivery to the postal service provider is earlier than the first working day of December, the application will not be deemed submitted as required. At the request of the issuer of the fishing permit, the applicant must also present an identity document along with the application!

NB! If the application is delivered to the issuer of the fishing card on behalf of another person, an authorisation document signed by the applicant authorising another person to submit the application in the name of the applicant must be added to the application.

2. Applying for a fishing card on the Internet

It is also possible to submit the fishing card application on the Internet via the Fisheries Information System. An ID card of the citizen of the Republic of Estonia is necessary for submitting the application.

3. Applying for a fishing card by e-mail

An ID card of the citizen of the Republic of Estonia is necessary for submitting the application. In this case, the application for a fishing card is signed digitally and sent to the issuer of the fishing permit.

Additional information for applying for the fishing card

  • New limit numbers for issuing fishing cards are established for each calendar year. You will find the areas where a fishing card is required for recreational fishing in the regulation of the Ministry of the Environment: Ajutised püügikitsendused, kalapüügiõiguse tasu, kalastuskaartide piirarv ja kalastuskaardi väljaandja määramine harrastuslikul kalapüügil 2013. aastal (Temporary fishing restrictions, fee for the right to fish for recreation, limit number of fishing cards, and appointment of the authority issuing fishing card for recreational fishery in 2013).
  • Applications can be submitted as of the first working day of the December of the year preceding the fishing year, with the exception of applications for the right to catch crayfish with trap and dip-net which can be submitted as of the first working day of the July of the fishing year. Applications for 2010 can be submitted as of 1 December 2009!
  • Fishing card is not issued in the following cases:

1) the applicant for the fishing card has failed to submit catch data concerning the fish caught based on a previously issued fishing card;
2) the applicant for the fishing card has a punishment the data of which have not been deleted from the Punishment Register (a so-called punishment in force) for violating the requirements for the submission of data concerning fishing for recreation, or more than one punishment in force for committing any other misdemeanour provided by the Fishing Act, or a punishment in force for a criminal offence imposed for fishing listed in § 20² of the Fishing Act or violation of the requirements related to such fishing;
3) the limitations established pursuant to subsections (11), (11¹) or (11²) of the Fishing Act do not allow issuing the fishing card under the conditions applied for. In other words - the catch limit has been achieved or quotas have not been established in the area or for the fishing gear applied for.

  • If the applicant is under 18 years of age, a written consent of a parent or legal representative allowing the minor to apply for a fishing card must also be added to the application.
  • Fishing cards for recreational fishing on Lake Võrtsjärv are issued by the Pärnu-Viljandi Regional Department of the Environmental Board. 
  • Fishing cards for recreational fishing with harpoon gun and harpoon on Lake Kuremaa and Lake Saadjärv are issued by all Regional Departments of the Environmental Board.