Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a permit?
Southern IFCA issues permits for commercial fishing only. If you are fishing recreationally, for your own pleasure and consumption you are not required to obtain a permit or licence from Southern IFCA, please see here.
All fishers will have to adhere to national and local legislation. Please see the relevant pages that will give you the detail.
Vessels are required to hold a permit to Fish for Sale. Permits are also required for particular fisheries within the district. Please see the relevant management pages to see which fisheries require permits.
For commercial licence enquiries the Marine Management Organisation issue commercial licences, administer quotas and catch limits. Please contact your local office: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
For commercial fishing regulations please consult the relevant government web pages - Commercial fishing and fisheries: detailed information - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
For registration of a fishing vessel please contact the Maritime and Coastguard Agency – firstname.lastname@example.org
Poole Harbour Dredge Permit
Commercial fishing from an unpowered vessel or from the beach
Southern IFCA does not issue permits for this activity. You will have to be aware and adhere to the Buyers and Sellers of first-sale fish - GOV.UK legislation. Further details can be obtained from the Marine Management Organisation: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Currently, angling and recreational fishing within the Southern IFC District does not require a permit to fish.
However, there are a number of regulations that apply to recreational and commercial fishers in Southern IFCA district. Some regulations apply to certain gear types, whereas others apply to specific areas or species. Although recreational fishers fishing for leisure and their own consumption are not currently required to obtain a permit to fish, they must follow regulations regarding closed areas, minimum sizes, gear restrictions etc.
To find out which regulations apply to you, please see the appropriate page for your method of fishing under our Regulations pages, where the regulations that apply to each gear type/species/area are listed.
Further information on recreational fishing can be obtained from the Angling Trust.