Weekly license variations (fishing vessels)
The information contained on this web page constitutes a Notice in accordance with Article 3(2)(c)(ii) of The Sea Fishing (Licences and Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, and has the effect of varying the authority and conditions of all licences previously issued by the Scottish Ministers to vessels in membership of the groups indicated.
This means that a relevant entry on this web page may remove or alter any authority a licence recipient may have had to fish for the stocks listed in that relevant entry. Where the authority to fish for a particular species has been removed through this web page, it will be an offence to retain on board, land or trans-ship any quantity of that species of sea fish.
Non-compliance will be subject to enforcement action.
If your vessel is 100 gross tons or above, or is 12 metres long or more, you will have to have an IMO number to fish in EU waters. To find out how to obtain an IMO number and register it with the Single Issuing Authority, please visit the UK Government website.
Guidance if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
Please continue to consider any steps you may need to take to prepare for a no deal exit. This page will be updated as and when further information is available. More information is also available on the UK Government website.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal you need to be aware of new requirements that the EU will apply to all third countries - which will include the UK after exit. Marine Scotland has produced three leaflets to help you understand what you need to do if any of the fish that you catch is exported to the EU, either by yourself or by the agent/processor you sell your catch to.
In addition, DEFRA has recently published information on:
If you are exporting you may also find this checklist helpful. It provides additional links, and a list of issues that you may wish to consider in preparing to export after a no deal exit.
In addition, to be able to export seafood to the EU, you will need to have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. The process is quick and easy and can be done by visiting the UK Government website.
The information on this page constitutes a Notice in accordance with Article 3(2)(c)(ii) of The Sea Fishing (Licences and Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, and has the effect of varying the authority and conditions of all licences previously issued by the Scottish Ministers to vessels in membership of the groups indicated.
Historical license variations
License variations 2014-2019 are available on the archive.