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***Please read the below important external waters fishing vessel licensing information***
MMO acts as the UK Single Issuing Authority (UKSIA) and is responsible for issuing external waters licences to UK fishing vessels on behalf of the UK fisheries administrations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
External waters licences are required by UK vessels to permit them to fish in specific waters outside of the UK EEZ. All UK external waters licences are due to expire on 31 December 2021 and MMO has issued plans for their re-issue and actions that may be needed.
European Union Waters (EU EEZ)
Licences for EU waters were initially issued to UK vessels on 31 December 2020 and UK SIA has been processing applications throughout the year. Vessels that have an EU waters licence are listed here. We will contact all current licence holders directly to inform them of actions they may need to take to receive an EU waters licence for 2022, including the requirement for an International Maritime Organization (IMO) number and an email. Anyone intending to fish in EU waters who does not currently have an external waters licence should apply to the UKSIA here.
Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) waters (NEAFC, NAFO, IOTC, ICCAT)
Holders of external waters licences for RFMOs will soon need to re-apply for 2022 – UK SIA will be in contact with current licence holders directly and further information will be available on our website shortly.
Norway and Faroe Island waters
The UK is currently in negotiations with Norway and the Faroe Islands and we will issue further advice on how to apply for a licence should an agreement by reached.
You can find further information, check a vessel’s external waters licence(s) and find licence conditions on the UK SIA website.