How To Get Fishing License In Karachi The Best And Absoulte Guide | 2020

Fishing License In Karachi

Anyone who wants to fish at the open sea in Karachi with rod and reel needs a fishing license. In this article, I’ll guide you step by step how you can buy a fishing license in Karachi and why you should buy it. Read the Complete article for complete information.

So now, let’s get started.

Types Of Fishing Licence

There are three types of fishing license in Karachi. All three are mentioned below

  • For Rods and Reels (Salt Water)
  • Fresh Water
  • Commercial Netting

In Karachi, you usually will need to buy the fishing license for Rods and Reels. The purchasing procedure of all the licenses is almost the same, and in this article, I’ll use Rods and Reel’s license as a reference.

Who needs a Karachi fishing license?


The short and straightforward answer if you are using rod and reel for fishing, then you need a fishing license in Karachi. Usually, the people who go on trolling, casting, or on flatline will need to get this fishing license.

You don’t need a fishing license if you want to use the handline fishing method.

How to get a fishing license in Karachi?

In order to get a fishing license in Karachi, all you need to do is to visit the main office of Livestock & Fisheries Department that is located at

Block-50, Pak Secretariat Saddar, Karachi

You will be given a form to fill in which you will provide your details, type of fishing license, and the place you want to go fishing.

The things you’ll need to take with you to the office include:

  • 3 passport size photos
  • Copy of your National Identity Card (CNIC)
  • Original NIC

You’ll receive a receipt that you will have to pay at the national bank and bring back the slip to the office.

These are the only things you’ll need to get your first fishing license that will be valid for one year.

One Fishing License only allows 2 rods and reels.

How do I renew my license?

Now, after one year, when your fishing license will get expired, what should you do now? Will the processes and the fees change for it? Well, you’ll get the answer soon.

So to renew your fishing license, again, you have to visit the Head Office of Livestock & Fisheries Department. The things you’ll need this time will be:

  • 3 passport size photos
  • Copy of your National Identity Card (CNIC)
  • Original NIC
  • Your expired Fishing License

You’ll again fill a renewal form and submit the following things with the form. By following these procedures, you can extend the validity of your fishing license to one more year.

This is how you can renew your fishing license in Karachi.

Do I need a special license to catch specific species?

The simple answer to this question will be no. You don’t need any kind of special license to catch a particular fish, but there are some exceptions that you are not allowed to catch the endangered species of fishing, and there are no special licenses that will give you that permission.

What happens if I fish with no license?

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If you are going fishing and a coast guard does not stop you on the way to your fishing location, then you could get lucky, and this happens most of the time you will not be checked for the fishing license. But if the coast guards stop you, and unfortunately you don’t have a fishing license, then most probably you are going to lose your fishing gear.

The coast guards will take your rods as a penalty, and you won’t be allowed to go any further. They will give you a location where you can get your stuff back. Commonly the areas will be the fishery office of Gulshan, Defence, or Saddar.

This is the reason why you should get a fishing license in Karachi.

Is my license for Charna license valid in Kemari?

When you are filling the form of fishing license, you’ll get a choice to pick your location where you go fishing. If you make a fishing license for multiple locations, you will be charged more, that would be approximately about 136 rupees per location.

If you have a fishing license for charna, you are not allowed to use that in kemari. Usually, the coast guards will only check for the license, and they won’t check the location the license is made for, but if they do that will be a problem, and you will be sent back or worse, you could lose your rods too.

Fishing License In Karachi FAQ

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These are some of the most common questions that will probably come in your mind regarding fishing license in Karachi.

I am a Karachi resident, and I’m 50 or older. Do I need a license?

Yes, if you are carrying rods with you.

Are there any free or discounted licenses for non-residents?

No, there are no discounts for anyone.

Can non-residents buy a lifetime license?

No, there is no lifetime license introduced by the government yet.

Is there a three-month or seasonal license?

No, there is only a yearly license.

Do licenses cost more for foreign nationals?

No, the cost is the same for all.

Can I buy a license online? Can I buy it in advance?

No, there is no such facility available yet, but maybe in the near future, there will be an entirely online system. And no, you can’t buy the license in advance.


I hope you found this article informative and helpful and now you know how you can get a fishing license in Karachi, if you want any further assistance you can comment below and I’ll personally contact and help you.

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2 thoughts on “How To Get Fishing License In Karachi The Best And Absoulte Guide | 2020”

  1. Very good guidance document. Thanks for developing and sharing this. However pity to know the details as going to Secretariat or Fisheries offices is not easy. Plus no other facilities are yet available.
    Wish that govt would think on it soon and make the process easy for everyone.

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