Statutory guidance

Fishing offences: Fishing licence points system

Points will be applied to an English-registered fishing licence if the licence holder is convicted of a serious infringement in a UK court.



Offences committed in other member states will also be referred to the vessel’s relevant fisheries administration for the application of points. The guidance includes details on:

  • how the points system is applied
  • how many points are applied for different offences
  • how long points will be attached to a licence
  • ways to reduce the points
  • the effect of accumulated points on a fishing licence
  • how points are affected by licence changes

Also see the Marine Management Organisation’s Compliance and Enforcement Strategy.

Published 11 June 2014
Last updated 5 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance in line with EU Exit & operability guidelines

  2. MMO Licence Freeze Policy page added

  3. First published.