Marine licensing is an important way of permitting activity, whilst protecting the environment; legitimate uses of the sea; and human health. There are a number of different types of licensing requirements within the marine environment and Marine Scotland regularly reviews its licensing structures to ensure that they remain relevant and fit for purpose.
Updated: Weekly Licence Variations for fishing vessels. It is a Regulatory requirement and licence condition that fishers review this page each Friday and note changes impacting on their operations and authority to fish.
There are a number of different types of licensing requirements within the marine environment, but Marine Scotland has made a number of changes to simplify the existing licensing process:
- Fishing vessel licensing
- Marine licensing
- Seal licensing
- European Protected Species & Basking Sharks
The Access to Sea Fisheries Team can provide information and advice on all aspects of commercial Sea Fisheries licensing (AccesstoSeaFisheries@gov.scot)
Certain activities require a marine licence before they can be carried out in Scotland’s seas. Licensable marine activities may include, but are not limited to:
- the deposit of substances or objects into the sea or onto the sea bed from vehicle, vessel etc.
- the removal of substances or objects from the sea bed using a vehicle, vessel etc.
- construction, alteration and improvement of works
- the deposit or use of explosives
The Marine Scotland - Licensing Operations Team (MS-LOT), is the regulator on behalf of Scottish Ministers for marine licence applications in Scottish waters.
0300 244 4000