Licensing is an important way of monitoring and protecting all of the activities which take place in Scotland's marine areas. 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.

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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.

Background

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:

Sea fishing

The Access to Sea Fisheries Team can provide information and advice on all aspects of commercial Sea Fisheries licensing (AccesstoSeaFisheries@gov.scot)

Marine licensing

Certain activities require a marine licence before they can be carried out in Scotland’s seas. Licensable activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • the deposit of substances or objects into the sea or onto the sea bed
  • the removal of substances or objects from the sea bed
  • construction, alteration and improvement works
  • dredging
  • the deposit or use of explosives

The Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team (MS LOT), provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all marine licence applications in Scottish waters

Contact

Marine Scotland
Mailpoint 11
1B South
Victoria Quay
EDINBURGH
EH6 6QQ

0300 244 4000

marinescotland.gov.scot