Consultation outcome

Simplifying fishing vessel licensing in England

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Summary of responses

Detail of outcome

We received 28 responses to this consultation.

Most respondents supported the proposals in the consultation. We are therefore planning to implement the changes proposed in the consultation. This means moving to a single licence category for over 10 metre vessels and another for vessels of 10 metres and under. Any under 10 metre licence that has been capped will remain capped. Where current licences hold additional permissions (for example shellfish permits) these will be carried forward onto the new licence. We will also:

  • extend the lifetime of fishing vessel licences indefinitely
  • remove the lifetime of entitlements
  • remove capacity penalties
  • remove the mismatch rule

The Marine Management Organisation will provide licence holders with further details of the changes before they come into force.

Original consultation


Seeking views on plans to simplify fishing vessel licensing in England. This includes removing outdated and unnecessary rules.

This consultation was held on another website.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our plans to amend the fishing vessel licensing requirements in England.

These changes are part of a periodic review which has identified requirements we think are outdated or are an unnecessary burden to industry. These changes will also consider amendments in the reformed common fisheries policy.

These arrangements are being reviewed separately by the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We will work closely with them to reduce difficulties which may be caused by differing rules.

Published 15 October 2014
Last updated 26 March 2015 + show all updates
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