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Payment for fishing licences (FOI)

Payment for fishing licences (FOI)

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Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 11 January 2022.
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Why do Jersey fishermen have to pay the Jersey Government for a fishing licence?


Why do French fishermen not have to pay for a fishing licence to fish in the same waters ie ‘Ours’?



Jersey fishers do not pay the Government of Jersey for a fishing licence since licence entitlements are traded in private arrangements between fishers and licence brokers.  

However, Jersey fishers currently pay a one-off administration fee to add a Jersey licence onto their UK fishing licence which is required before a Jersey licence can be issued.  

Further information can be found on the Marine Resources guidance pages located on

Fishing boat licensing (


French fishermen do not pay the Government of Jersey for a fishing licence.  

Ministers agreed that the administration fee would be deferred for French applicants. 

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