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Fishing Boat Licensing

Commercial sea fishing is regulated by the Fisheries Acts, 1959 to 2006. Any boat intended to be used for such fishing requires a licence under Section 4 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003 (pdf) (as inserted by section 97 of the Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006), and it is an offence to engage in fishing without this authorisation.

Following the enactment of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003, the licensing authority in relation to sea fishing boats is the Registrar General of Fishing Boats.

Under Section 3(2)(b) of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003, the Minister may give policy directions on sea-fishing boat licensing to the Licensing Authority. Details regarding policy directives issued to date can be found at the foot of this page.

Licensing Authority Annual Reports 2003 - 2019

The Annual Reports for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 of the Licensing Authority for Sea-fishing Boats have, pursuant to the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003, been submitted to the relevant Minister at the time and laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. The text of the reports (in both Irish and English) can be viewed here:

General Information

Application Forms

Sea-Fishing Boat Licence Applications  

  • 2003 (xls 57Kb)             
  • 2004 (xls 50Kb)             
  • 2005 (xls 900Kb)             
  • 2006 (xls 61Kb)             
  • 2007 (xls 95Kb)             
  • 2008 (xls 90Kb)             
  • 2009 (xls 59Kb)              
  • 2010 (xls 59Kb)             
  • 2011 (xls 72Kb)             
  • 2012 (xls 76Kb)             
  • 2013 (xls 36Kb)             
  • 2014 (xls 35Kb)             
  • 2015 (xls 36Kb)             
  • 2016 (xls 40Kb)             
  • 2017 (xls 37Kb)             
  • 2018 (xls 36Kb)             
  • 2019 (xls 33Kb)         
  • 2020 (xls 26Kb)          

Important notice to corporate bodies with or seeking sea-fishing boat licences regarding requirement to have an agent in State (doc 24Kb)             

Policy Directives under section 3(2)(b) of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003

Background to National Sea-Fishing Boat Licencing Policy

Press Release of 11 August 2003 from Dermot Ahern, T.D., Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources relating to sea-fishing boat licensing policy.

Submissions received in relation to licensing policy proposal.

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