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Sea Fishing in Portugal (Algarve)

Because of Portugal's location on the Continental Shelf – an underwater land platform which extends to between 80 and 160 Km out to the Atlantic Ocean - there is a wide variety of fish.




The large predatory fish such as shark and tuna come in to feed on the smaller fish that live in the shallower coastal waters. This means there are hundreds of types of marine fish including sardines, bream, bass, mackerel, blue fish, shark, tuna, sword fish, salmon bass and plaice.


Types of fishing and areas

There are essentially five types of fishing carried out in coastal waters and these are:

  1. Beach Casting for bass, sea mullet, sole, bream, mackerel, red mullet, conger eel, shad, blue fish, porgie, glaucus, golden bream
    Fishing Areas: Alentejo coast, Peniche, Povoa de Varzim, Sesimbra, Sagres, Lagos, Faro, Albufeira, Quarteira, Portimão and Vila Real de Santo António
  2. Role Fishing for whiting, mackerel, squalus, grey mullet, bream, bass
    Fishing Areas: Algarve coast, Sagres, Cape St.Vincent and Ericeira
  3. Deep Sea Fishing for shark, tuna, blue fish, swordfish, conger eel, ray, salmon bass, scabbard, marlin, broadbill
    Fishing Areas: off Sesimbra, Sines, Peniche and Nazaré
  4. Inshore Fishing along the entire coast
  5. Underwater Fishing in the rocks around Berlenga Islands, Algarve, Sesimbra, Praia do Furadouro, Aveiro, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde, Tavira, Sines and Sagres



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