Guidance

Understand your fishing vessel licence

How to understand each part of your fishing vessel licence – vessel details, conditions, schedule, annex and their current copies.

UK Fisheries Monitoring Centre - Temporary Change of Industry Number (0131 244 2286)

Due to the situation surrounding the Coronavirus, Marine Scotland has taken steps to ensure the continuity of service provided by the UKFMC. This has required them to temporarily change the telephone number that industry require to call (0131 271 9700), as published in UK vessel licences. Unfortunately, they are unable to divert this number to external lines, which is necessary to afford UKFMC officers the potential to undertake their duties from home, where required. Please note however, at this time, the UKFMC primarily continues to operate out of Victoria Quay, Edinburgh.

In order to facilitate the above, the pre-recorded message delivered to those calling 0131 271 9700 has been changed and advises callers that they are now required to call the following Scottish Government extension 0131 244 2286.

MMO have been informed by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) that a number of granite boulders have been deposited on the sea bed which may interfere with bottom towed trawling or other low depth fishing operations. Caution is advised if conducting fishing operations in the vicinity. Information provided by MCA suggests they have been deposited in the following locations: 55 02.376N 001 38.714E
55 07.634N 001 31.107E
55 12.513N 001 40.217E
55 06.742N 001 48.859E
55 07.048N 001 44.287E
55 09.466N 001 44.934E
55 09.958N 001 40.287E
55 10.041N 001 35.681E
55 07.574N 001 35.160E
55 05.172N 001 34.863E
55 04.874N 001 39.238E
55 04.472N 001 43.709E
55 08.705N 001 37.568E
55 07.208N 001 39.576E
55 05.780N 001 41.502E

In addition to the information previously provided, MMO have been informed of further boulder deposits. Caution is advised if conducting fishing operations in the vicinity. Information provided suggests they have been deposited in the following locations:

55 03.386N 001 41.195E
55 03.642N 001 39.114E
55 03.768N 001 36.905E
55 05.058N 001 37.226E
55 06.465N 001 35.097E
55 06.559N 001 32.944E
55 07.735N 001 33.180E
55 08.922N 001 33.408E
55 11.350N 001 38.219E
55 11.171N 001 40.348E
55 10.961N 001 42.601E
55 09.626N 001 42.574E
55 08.267N 001 44.613E
55 08.190N 001 46.732E
55 06.845N 001 46.518E
55 05.656N 001 46.119E
55 05.854N 001 44.055E

Understanding your vessel licence

Your fishing vessel licence is in several parts. You must read each part carefully to make sure you understand the terms attached to it and that they are correct for your fishing activity.

Contact your local Marine Management Organisation (MMO) office with any questions and notify them immediately if any of the details are incorrect.

An incorrect licence is invalid and you could be liable to penalties.

It is your responsibility to check your licence documents before going to sea as licences can be changed at any time. MMO publishes variations online and notifies those who have provided their contact information.

You can provide MMO with up to 2 emails, mobile phone numbers, or both, as a way of getting direct alerts about changes. You can receive notifications yourself, but it may make sense to nominate someone based onshore who can contact you on your vessel quickly.

Variations are considered to have been received when they are published online. You are required, as part of your licence conditions, to check each week for any changes.

Part 1: Vessel details

This part includes:

  • category of licence
  • official licence number
  • characteristics of your vessel
  • registered owners
  • specific authorities for scallop dredging, beam trawl fishing, fish for shellfish with pots, fixed nets or both
  • membership of a fish producer organisation

Part 2: Conditions

This specifies how your vessel will fish. You may be directed to make landings at certain ports and times.

Part 3: Schedule

This sets out the authority under which you are allowed to fish.

Part 4: Annex

This lists species that you are not permitted to fish and any catch limits for stocks that you are able to fish and land.

Fishing vessel licences: 10 metre and under vessels - non-sector

These are vessels 10-metres-and-under that don’t belong to a producer organisation.

Uncapped licences for the non-sector and Isle of Man have the same conditions and schedules, and their own specific annexes.

Capped licences for the non-sector have the same conditions, schedule and annex.

Fishing vessel licences: 10 metre and under vessels - sector

All vessels that are members of a producer organisation have the same conditions and schedule.

They each have their own specific annexes.

Fishing vessel licences: over 10 metre vessels - Category A

All Category A vessels have the same conditions and schedule.

There are specific annexes for vessels in the non-sector, Isle of Man, and each producer organisation.

Fishing vessel licences: over 10 metre vessels - Category A (Islands)

There are no producer organisation vessels that are Category A (Islands) vessels. All Category A (Islands) vessels are in the non-sector and have the same conditions, schedule and annex.

Fishing vessel licences: over 10 metre vessels - Category A (Pelagic)

All Category A vessels have the same conditions and schedule.

There are specific annexes for vessels in each producer organisation. There are no Category A (Pelagic) non-sector vessels.

Fishing vessel licences: over 10 metre vessels - Category B

All Category B vessels have the same conditions and schedule.

There are specific annexes for vessels in the non-sector, Isle of Man, and each producer organisation.

Fishing vessel licences: over 10 metre vessels - Category C

All Category C vessels have the same conditions and schedule.

There are specific annexes for vessels in the non-sector, Isle of Man, and each producer organisation.

Fishing vessel licences: over 10 metre vessels - Deep sea species

All deep sea species vessels have the same conditions and schedule.

There are specific annexes for vessels in the non-sector and each producer organisation.

Fishing vessel licences: over 10 metre vessels - Handline mackerel

There are no producer organisation vessels with handline mackerel conditions and schedules. There is no annex.

Fishing vessel licences: over 10 metre vessels - Thames and Blackwater

There are no producer organisation vessels with these conditions and schedules. There is no annex.

Single licence category for the over ten metre fleet segment in Scotland.

Marine Scotland have created a single licence category for the over ten metre fleet segment in Scotland.

Different licence categories will remain in existence in England after 30 June 2017. Category B or C licence entitlements transferring from Scotland will be received as a Category B or C as they were prior to 1 July 2017.

Scottish licences created through disaggregation or aggregation in Scotland after 30 June 2017 will be tracked back to the lowest common denominator and received accordingly on transfer to England. For example a licence aggregation between an ex-Category B and an ex-Category A licence in Scotland will be received in England as a Category B licence.

Application to change UK fisheries administration

This * application to change UK fisheries administration (PDF, 56KB, 2 pages) form must be completed by the vessel owner(s) who wish to request the change of administration from England to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Latent capacity licence monitoring

In 2015 Defra carried out an exercise to address latent capacity in the English under 10m fleet. A number of licences had their finfish licence capped at 350kgs and/or had their shellfish permit temporarily suspended. This exercise included an appeals process. Some appeals were successful but subject to a monitoring period of 2 years.

The monitoring period has now come to an end for all licences and permits. The MMO will be notifying all fishermen licence/permit holders individually on the outcome of this monitoring period in due course. In the interim all licences subject to monitoring will continue to be able to fish to the limits as set out in their current licence.

Further information

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Published 11 June 2014
Last updated 22 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 25 October 2020

  2. Thames and Blackwater herring schedule updated

  3. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 16 October

  4. Updated following variation dated 10 October 2020

  5. updates regarding boulder locations

  6. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 1 October 2020

  7. Variations updated 27th September

  8. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 12 September

  9. Changes to annexes in line with variations dated 6 and 7 September 2020

  10. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 29 August

  11. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 28 August 2020

  12. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 14 August 2020

  13. Changes for 8 & 9 August 2020

  14. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 1 August 2020

  15. Updated in line with variation dated 26th July

  16. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 24 July 2020

  17. Updated attachments as per email instruction

  18. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 19th July

  19. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 12 July 2020

  20. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated Wednesday 1st July

  21. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated Wednesday 10 June 2020

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  23. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated Monday 1 June 2020

  24. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated Thursday 28 April 2020

  25. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 21 May 2020

  26. Updated licence conditions 12, 11, 17, 31, 41 and 24

  27. Changes to annexes in line with variation dated 1 May 2020

  28. Annex 9199 updated in line with variation effective date Friday 10 April 2020

  29. changes to annexes in line with variation dated 27 March 2020

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  62. Annexes updated to reflect variation effective Saturday 27 July 2019

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  382. updated a number of documents following licence variation (9199, 1199, 1299 and 3199).

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