Palma Bay (Badia de Palma) Marine Reserve

The Palma Bay Marine Reserve is situated on the northeast side of the bay is 2.394 hectares, and includes all the area from the coast to 30 metres depth between the S’Arenal Nautical Club and Regana Cape.

It was created to protect the Posidonia  (Posidoniaceae) Fields, and also protected species such as Cystoseira baleárica Algae, Cystoseira ercegovicii Algae and Cystoseira stricta Algae.

Fishing is allowed Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and any Spanish bank holidays, except on the protected area of Cape Enderrocat (the very light blue area of the map).

Tackle and Other Palma Bay Regulations


  • Maximum 1 line per fisherman.
  • Minimum hook size of 7mm inside diameter, except to fish Pearly Razorfish

Pearly Razorfish fishing

  • Minimum hook size of 5.7mm
  • No fishing between 1st April and 31st August


  • only daytime fishing

Net fishing

  • Special authorisation is required from the Director-General of Fishing


Not allowed

Submarine Fishing

Allowed Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Spanish bank holidays, outside the special protection area (Cape Enderrocat).

Submarine Fishing Size Restrictions

# Species English Catalan Spanish Minimum Size
1 Sciaena umbra Corb meagre / Brown meagre Escorball Corvallo 34.5 cm, max 1 fish / day
2 Epinephelus marginatus Dusky grouper Anfos Mero 50 cm, max 1 fish / day
3 Epinephelus alexandrinus Golden grouper / Gold blotch grouper Anfos llis Falso abadejo 53 cm, max 1 fish / day
4 Mycteroperca rubra Mottled grouper Anfos bord Gitano 53 cm, max 1 fish / day
5 Sparus aurata Gilthead bream Orada Dorada 37.5 cm
6 Dicentrarchus labrax Sea bass Llop Lubina 42.5 cm
7 Labrus merula Brown wrasse Tord massot Merlo 31.5 cm
8 Labrus viridis Green wrasse Tord grivia Tordo 35 cm
9 Umbrina cirrosa Corb Reig Verrugato 35 cm, max 1 fish / day
10 Muraena helena Mediterranean moray / Moray eel Morena Morena 95 cm
11 Conger conger Conger eel Congre Congrio Forbidden
12 Diplodus cervinus Zebra sea bream Sard reial Sargo breado Forbidden
13 Raja spp. Skates Rajades Rayas Forbidden
14 Dasyatis pastinaca Common stingray Ferrasa Pastinaca Forbidden
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Bay of Palma (Badia de Palma) Marine Reserve
The marine reserve in the bay of Palma de Mallorca. Includes fish guide, rules and map.
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