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Whelk Licencing 3-12NM 

In light of imminent consultation on proposals to cap effort in the whelk fishery within the territorial sea, the Department is introducing a moratorium on the ability of new licence holders to prosecute the whelk fishery between 3-12 Nautical Miles (nm). Licences to fish within the territorial sea issued after 1st March 2017 will not include authority to fish for whelks between 3-12nm. Existing licensing arrangements for vessels fishing between 0-3nm and for vessels holding a valid Isle of Man Fishing Licence, issued prior to the above date fishing between 3-12nm, currently remain unaltered.

To fish commercially from a registered-fishing vessel within the Isle of Man’s territorial sea, there are several licencing requirements. UK and IOM licences must be held for the vessel, other factors that are considered, as part of the licencing process, are vessel size and length, engine power and fishing methods to be employed.  

A guide to the licensing requirements for the most popular species caught in the territorial sea, will be available here to download shortly, but in the meantime please contact for the Fisheries Directorate for more information. Meanwhile, a licence application form can be downloaded from this page.

Licence fee and amendments

Details of the fee charged for a licence can be found in the Sea Fishing Licensing Regulations 2015.

Also to be found in the regulations are details of the amendment fee payable if, during the currency of a licence, there is any change in licence details, such as owner’s details, the vessel’s registration or the vessel’s technical details. In this case, please download and complete the licence application form, providing the new details, and payment by cheque of the amendment fee.

More information about the Isle of Man king scallop appeals procedure.

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