What is a Reciprocal Fishing License

In the practice of fishing, the notion of reciprocity is inseparable from the fishing card. Reciprocity is a fuzzy topic for many fishermen that we decided to make it simple and clear.

A few weeks ago, we are interested in the utility to buy a fishing permit and more particularly the fact that you could fish in all the Department’s. A.P.P.M.A to which you are attached. Here, we will explain the notion of reciprocity and his interest for the fisherman.

Reciprocity for fishing, what is it?

Reciprocity is a recurring Word as soon as we talk about fishing card. These two terms are inseparable and important when talking about fishing. Before turning to the definition of this term, he must put the context in which this concept has been implemented.

The origins of reciprocity for fishing

Before 2005, the sinner had to combine several from thumbnails of different departments which depended on fishing associations (A.A.P.P.M.A). This has become a headache for the fisherman who ended up with several tiles affixed to his fishing permit, which made it quickly unreadable and impractical.

It is in this context that most associations (A.A.P.P.M.A) and France fishing federations, that group, have decided to harmonize and facilitate access to broader areas of fishing defined by theinternetfaqs. For this french territory was cut into 3 areas in the North to the South: E.H.G.O, U.R.N.E, and C.H.I for a decade.

Reciprocity for fishing, how does it work?

The Division into three areas helped to harmonize the management of access to fishing rights. The purpose of this provision is to facilitate the practice of fishing by simplifying the formalities of accession and by offering a larger fishing area.

Reciprocity can therefore be defined as pooling of certain territories, organized with common rules, in order to encourage the mobility of fishermen between departments.

In other words, reciprocity is a set of agreements, between the A.A.P.P.M.A and the federations of local fishing, allowing a wider public access to areas of fishing for all practitioners.

A concrete example: a fisherman that fishing usually in the Department of the Seine and Marne (77) can go fishing in the Department of Yvelines (78) if he joined the option of reciprocity.

The map above represents the arrangements that exist between the various departments of France. As you can see, there are 2 types of agreements for fishing in France.

1 type of agreement: agreement between certain territories decided by a few A.A.P.P.M.A from the same Department as for example the reciprocity in Savoie, in purple on the map.

2nd type of agreement: agreement defined by the set of the A.A.P.P.M.A from the same Department as with Corsica, in green on the map.

How to join the reciprocity for fish?

Access to the reciprocity is an optional that the fisherman may subscribe if they wish. This option takes the form of an additional fee that is in addition to the base price of the fishing card (there are exceptions, which we will detail a bit further down).

Membership required to access reciprocity

Membership option is necessary if you are in one of these cases:

  • If you have a fishing permit “Adult”, of reciprocity is a complementary option which will increase the overall cost of your SIN card. The annual price of this option is €25 and will allow you to fish on the territories as part of the agreements of reciprocity between the e. H.G.O, the U. R.N.E or the C.H.I.
  • If you have a “Inter-fédérale” fishing card, the option is already included. In this case, you need not buy sticker since the price already takes into account reciprocity. The annual price of the fishing card is € 95.

A free option for some fishing maps

When it comes to fishing cards say ‘Discovery woman’, ‘Discovery-12’, ‘Minor’ or ‘Weekly’, the option of reciprocity is not necessary. These cards allow the holder to fish in departments having concluded agreements without buying the tile. For these fishing maps, the option is free.

In the regulation of fishing, reciprocity is an optional option that allows to discover other areas of fishing for a reasonable cost. This option is involved, through this, the mobility of fishermen and the influence of fishing in France.