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Commercial fishing

The main fisheries undertaken in the Isle of Man’s territorial sea (12 nautical miles) are for king scallop, queen scallop, crab, lobster and whelk. For details about exploiting these fisheries commercially from a registered-fishing vessel, please see IOM Licencing.

UK and IOM fishing licence conditions and variations are available on this website.

Vessel owners and masters fishing our territorial sea should also be aware of the following:

  • restricted or closed areas
  • commercial fishing – guidance notes for logbooks and VMS
  • surveys taking place

What business support and assistance is available for this industry?

Please see Fisheries Grants, check out Business Support and Assistance or contact the Fisheries Directorate.

Fisheries Directorate landing obligations

Fisheries Directorate

Department of Environment Food and Agriculture

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's

IM4 3AS

Telephone:+44 1624 685857

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