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Explains each part of your fishing vessel licence, including vessel details and conditions.

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First published:
21 January 2022
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Your fishing vessel licence is in several parts. You must read each part carefully to ensure:

  • you understand the terms attached to it, and
  • that they are correct for your fishing activity

Contact our Milford Haven Fisheries Office with any questions. Notify us 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. We publish variations online and notify those who have provided their contact information. Variations are considered to have been received when we publish them online.

You can provide us with up to 2 emails as a way of getting direct alerts about changes. You can receive notifications yourself. It may also make sense to nominate someone based onshore who can contact you on your vessel quickly.

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.

Contact us

For further information on Fishing Vessel Licensing, please contact our Milford Haven Fisheries Office:

Milford Haven Fisheries Office
Welsh Government 
Suite 3 – Cedar Court 
Havens Head Business Park 
Milford Haven 
Pembrokeshire 
SA73 3LS

Tel: 03000 253500
Email: milfordhavenfisheriesoffice@gov.wales