Fish and licensing
NatureScot can issue licences to permit certain activities that would otherwise constitute an offence against protected fish species.
Some species of fish in Scotland are protected by law because they’re rare or vulnerable to certain activities. Learn about the protected fish species in Scottish waters.
Surveys and research
You should apply to us for a licence if your work could otherwise result in an offence in relation to protected fish species.
To apply for a licence for survey, conservation, scientific, research or educational purposes, email [email protected].
You should include:
- your name, address and telephone number
- full details of your project – covering what and who will be involved, and where and when
- a completed licence application reference form (if applicable)
If this is your first licence application for this activity, we’ll need two references from you. Your referees should be familiar with your work in this area and able to vouch for your competence.
Licensing for other purposes
Contact us if you wish to apply for a licence for any other purpose in relation to protected fish species, or if you need further advice.
Licence changes and renewals
You should get in touch if you wish to amend a licence. But check your licence conditions first: you may be able to appoint agents and assistants without having to get them named on your licence.
Find out about adding persons to a licence.
You must also remember to contact us to renew your licence. Licences aren’t renewed automatically.
If you already have a licence number, include it in the subject line of your email, or have it to hand when you call.