Marine licensing is an important way of permitting activity, whilst protecting:

  • the environment
  • legitimate uses of the sea
  • 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.

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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 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
  • dredging
  • 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. 

Contact

Email: marinescotland.gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Post:
Marine Scotland

Mailpoint 11
1B South
Victoria Quay
EDINBURGH
EH6 6QQ