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Application for a Scientific Research Derogation

Please complete the derogation request form and submit it to the Access to Sea Fisheries team. We aim to make a decision on most applications within 3 weeks, however each application is different and some applications will take longer if we are required to consult other divisions or regulatory bodies.

Examples of activities that require a derogation include:

  • using undersized nets or modified trawls
  • catching and retaining on board undersized fish species
  • catching and landing fish stocks for which a vessel has no quota allocation

Marine licensing requirements

Work outlined in the derogation application may require a marine licence. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they have all relevant licences in place before they start any survey. Information on the application process, together with a list of licensable activities, is available here.

Application for a Scientific Research Derogation

Downloadable documents:

Title:Application for a Scientific Research Derogation
Description:Application for a derogation from UK and European fishing laws to carry out scientific research from a fishing vessel in Scottish waters
File:Application for a Scientific Research Derogation [DOC, 49.7 kb: 02 Aug 2017]
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File:Application for a Scientific Research Derogation [PDF, 142.6 kb: 02 Aug 2017]
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