Commercial fishing, fisheries and vessels


  1. Buy a rod fishing licence

    How and where to buy or upgrade a rod fishing licence for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eels in England and Wales.

  2. Freshwater rod fishing rules

    Follow national and local rules (byelaws) when freshwater fishing with a rod and line in England and Wales

  3. Report a catch return

    Report how many small sea trout, salmon and grilse you've caught if you have a migratory salmon and sea trout rod licence

  4. Get a fishing vessel licence: vessels 10 metres or under

    Register a vessel, get a licence entitlement and convert it to a licence

  5. Fixed quota allocation units

    Details and forms for transferring fixed quota allocation units and getting a new holding statement.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Fishing vessel licence variations
  2. Current catch limits: 10 metres and under pool
  3. Understand your fishing vessel licence
  4. European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF): apply for funding
  5. Fishing vessels: classification, registration and inspection
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News and communications

  1. New guidance for fishermen ahead of full discard ban
  2. New River Wear fish pass is complete
  3. Master and vessel owner ordered to pay £28,610 for fisheries offences
  4. Consultation on Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (I-VMS) for fishing boats under 12m
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Research and statistics

  1. Quota use statistics
  2. Salmonid and freshwater fisheries statistics
  3. Vessel lists over 10 metres
  4. Vessel lists 10 metres and under
  5. Monthly sea fisheries statistics August 2018
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. West of Walney Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ)
  2. Fisheries white paper: sustainable fisheries for future generations
  3. Proposed catch limits for November 2018
  4. Introducing Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (I-VMS) for fishing boats under 12m
  5. Proposed catch limits for October 2018
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Environment Agency annual fisheries reports
  2. Hornsea two deemed marine licence variation
  3. European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) implementation reports
  4. Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science annual reports and accounts 2016-2017
  5. The Marine Management Organisation annual report and accounts 2016 to 2017
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