Detailed guide: Understand your fishing vessel licence

Marine Management Organisation

October 1
14:49 2020

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 dont 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 v

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