Simplification of NI sea fishing vessel licensing
In 2014, the Department completed a consultation exercise on the simplification of fishing vessel licences. The Department considered the responses and in 2015 it indicated it introduced a number of changes:
- removal of the expiry date of fishing vessel licences
- removal of the expiry date of entitlements
- removal of capacity penalties
- removal the mismatch rule
The changes yet to be made include moving to a single licence category for over 10 metere vessels.
There will be no change to scallop entitlements held on licences administered by DAERA, but licences that come into the DAERA administered fleet that have had their scallop entitlements frozen or removed by another Administration shall be regarded as not having a scallop entitlement. If any further clarification is required please contact this office.
To apply for a fishing vessel licence, please read the following vessel licensing guidance or contact your local fishery office:
- apply for a fishing licence
- making changes to your fishing vessel licence
- fishing vessel engine power
Before applying for your licence
All commercial UK fishing vessels need to be registered with the Registry of Shipping and Seamen, which is part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency based in Cardiff.
- To find out more about registering your fishing vessel, please visit the Maritime and Coastguard Agency site.
Licensing / MSR1 / NEP1 forms
Forms and explanatory notes are available to download or by contacting your local fisheries office.
- notification of producer organisation vessel change
- application for a fishing licence for a British registered fishing vessel
- landing of nephrops by vessels of 10 metres and under
- landing of shellfish by vessels of 10 metres and under
- establishment or transfer of an entitlement and transfer of licence
- application to change Fisheries UK administration
- UK Fisheries Concordat 2012
- Application for disaggregation of a fishing vessel licence entitlement
Variations to a licence
Licence variations occur to reflect changes in quota limits and closures / openings of sea areas during the lifetime of a licence, as requested by our quota managers.
For a list of all fishing vessel licence variations relating to the Northern Ireland fleet visit the fishing vessel licence variations page.
Mourne Herring Fishery
DAERA makes an annual announcement that licences for the Mourne Herring Fishery will be available. Historically the Mourne Herring Fishery can last from 1 September to 31 December subject to exhaustion of the quota allocation.
Application forms are normally made available from local fisheries offices. All licence applications must be accompanied by a copy of the vessels current Certificate of Registry issued under The Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
For more information, view the mourne herring fishery guidance notes.
Contact your local fishery office
Contact details for your local fishery office and DAERA headquarters.