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MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND SPORTS

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL

PROTECTION

Fisheries Re-licensing

The 2010/11 annual re-licensing period for commercial fishing vessel licenses will end on March 31, 2010.

All commercial fishing vessels must be inspected and approved for compliance with the Marine Board Safety Regulations prior to re-licensing. Approved inspection forms signed by a Fisheries Inspector must be presented at the time of re-licensing.

Re-licensing fees will not be accepted unless a completed inspection form is presented.

The deadline for receipt of a renewal application accompanied by the prescribed re-licensing fee at the Licensing Office of the Department of Environmental Protection, Botanical Gardens, Paget is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Owners of fishing vessels who anticipate not meeting this deadline must seek permission in writing from the Commercial Fisheries Council (CFC) for a deferred inspection date.

Fishing vessel licenses not renewed by the deadline will revert to the Department.

Full-time Fisherman Status

Fishermen who feel that they have met the requirements to qualify to be granted full-time fisherman status, by spending 100 days at sea and being wholly committed to the fishing industry, must request consideration for this status in writing to the Commercial Fisheries Council.

Commercial Fisheries Council

c/o Department of Environmental Protection,

P.O. Box HM834

Hamilton HMCX

Thank you, for your attention to this matter.

Norbert Simmons