Recreational and commercial fishing vessel regulations, codes of practice, safety, equipment and training.


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

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

  2. Commercial Inland Fishing Licence

    You need a licence to net for salmon and sea trout or fish for eels using nets, trawls or traps

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Fishing certification and training
  2. MSN 1886 MLC and ILO 188 medical standards
  3. MSN 1871 Construction and safe operation fishing vessels under 15m
  4. MSN 1815 Amendment 2 equivalent medical certificates
  5. Fishing vessel health and safety
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News and communications

  1. Two fisherman saved from their liferaft after their vessel sinks
  2. Guidance on 2018 bass fishing published
  3. Update on latent capacity fishing licence monitoring
  4. Clarification on fishing restrictions for Bass in 2018
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Research and statistics

  1. Monthly sea fisheries statistics January 2018
  2. Effort statistics December 2017
  3. Effort statistics January 2018
  4. Monthly sea fisheries statistics December 2017
  5. Monthly sea fisheries statistics November 2017
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. A new MGN on media, other organisations and persons on ships and fishing vessels
  2. Consultation on a draft MGN providing guidance on a Fishing Safety Management Code
  3. Implementation of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention 2007 (ILO 188) into UK Law
  4. Consultation on revisions to MGN 570 Emergency drills and MGN 571 Prevention of man overboard
  5. Revised stability guidance for fishing vessels under 15m
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. MCA: Annual report and accounts 2017 to 2018
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