Belize Fishing Licenses & Fishing Vessel Registration for the High Seas (High Seas Fishing)


Belize fishing licenses

Easy & Convenient Belize Fishing Licenses

Registering of fishing vessels under the Belize Flag is also subject to the provisions of the applicable High Seas Fishing Act, 2003 of the Republic of Belize. The requirements include the filing of an Application Form for a License to Fish on the High Seas as well as the installation of a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) utilizing various INMARSAT communication protocols (INMARSAT C or INMARSAT Mini C or INMARSAT D+). Fishing vessels which land their catch at ports of member States of the European Union (EU) are requested to comply with a special sanitary inspection in compliance and in accordance with the relevant EU/EC Directives and applicable laws.

Fishing vessels are also subject to the international and regional regulations applicable to the area of fishing which are implemented by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) such as ICCAT, as well as by bilateral or multilateral agreements for the protection of certain areas or endangered marine species.
Currently, Belize is:
All Belize registered vessels which are licensed to target tuna or tuna-like species in the Convention areas of the above mentioned Commissions are listed in their respective Regional Vessel Registers.
Belize has also submitted its application for Cooperating non-Member Status of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Everything you need to know about Belize Fishing Licenses

Following documents are required for Provisional Registration of fishing vessels :
  • Application Form for Registration completed in its entirety and duly signed by the applicant. pdf
  • Application Form for License to Fish on the High Seas. pdf
  • Application Form for Maritime Ship Station License duly completed. pdf
  • Official document proving ownership of vessel, i.e. Notarized Bill of Sale, Notarized Builder’s Certificate or Copy of a Current Certificate of Registry.
  • Power of Attorney duly notarized, thereby appointing a Shipping Agent in Belize. doc
  • Letter of Confirmation from the Authorized Radio Accounting Entity undertaking the payment of the vessel’s radio accounts.

Below is the list of documents required for Permanent Registration of a fishing vessel:

  • Original or certified true copy of the Power of Attorney duly notarized, thereby appointing a Shipping Agent in Belize. 
  • Original or Certified True Copy of a Notarized Bill of Sale or Builder’s Certificate.
  • Original Deletion Certificate from Previous Flag.
  • Copies of all Statutory Certificates issued by an Authorized Recognized Organization on behalf of the Government of Belize including the Fishing Vessel Safety Certificate and International Tonnage Certificate

In addition to the above, all Fishing Vessels regardless of size are required to have on board a vessel monitoring system (VMS) – see fishing vessels Circular FVC-08/06 – Vessel Monitoring System.  If at the time of registration the vessel does not have a VMS then owner are granted one month to purchase and install a compatible equipment.

Please note that the relative fees for the registration of fishing vessels are dependent of the gross tonnage of the vessel and therefore can be obtained at the time of official application for registration.


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