Individual fishing method, which is characterized by not use of utensils specially made for this purpose, causing no serious injury to the catch. (List of marine animal species and utensils)


It uses several simple utensils. It can be practiced by an individual, whether or not using a support vessel and snorkelling equipment.


Various utensils can be used such as the knife for clam, the mattock with short cable, the net used to catch cockles and the spatula.

 Mesh ranges

Not applicable

 Target species

Bivalves, gastropods, echinoderms, polychaetes and crustaceans.

 Area of action

No special restrictions are foreseen, and the duly licensed catcher may operate in the area of ??jurisdiction of the Captaincy of his residence and adjacent areas.

 Other constraints

The fishing for bivalves between 1st May and 15th June (in oceanic and inland waters) is prohibited.

Specific restrictions on harvesting of the redfish in the Natural Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina




Ordinance No 1102-B/2000 of 22 November, approving the Regulation on Catch, republished by Ordinance No 1228/2010 of 6 December and amended by Ordinance No 157/2020, of 24 June

Nature Reserve of Berlengas

Ordinance No 378/2000 of 27 June, approving the Regulation on Catch of Pollicipes Pollicipes in the Nature Reserve of Berlengas, as amended and republished by Ordinance No 232/2011 of 14 June.

Natural Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina

Ordinance No 385/2006 of 19 April, which approves the Regulation on Commercial Catch of Pollicipes Pollicipes in the Natural Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina, as amended by Ordinance No 388/2008 of 30 May.

Order No 17732/2006 of 31 August, which establishes the number of licenses for the catching of Pollicipes Pollicipes, as amended by Order No 7667/2011 of 26 May.

Sado River

Ordinance No 1354/2003 of 11 December, which prohibits the capture and commercialization of some species of polychaete.