CONTACT INFORMATION:​

 Fisheries Registration Office

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Ghammieri Goverment Farm
Triq l-Ingiered, 
Marsa MRS 3303
Malta

 Telephone
22921214

Fishing Vessel Register

​The Function of the Fishing Vessel Register

The Fishing Vessel Register has as its main objective the registration of fishing vessels under the classifications issued by the Department according to S.L. 425.07. Thus, the vessels covered by the Register are MFA, MFB, MFC and MFD.

The difference between the categories and the fishing activities involved 

The MFA and MFB categories are the professional categories or specifically the vessels of which the catch can be marketed. The difference between them is that MFA are the full time vessels while the MFB are part time. Therefore, the Department requires that a full-time (MFA) vessel registers more catches than the part-time (MFB) in terms of value of fish.

MFC vessels are vessels that cannot commercialize their catch. Other than this they are also restricted in the gears that can be used.

MFD registrations are completely different from those described previously given that MFD vessels are not engaged in the catching of fish. Specifically, the MFD category involves auxiliary vessels used in fishing operations such as those involved in the carriage of fish or assistance on fish farms.

Related services offerred by the Fishing Vessel Register

The function of the section does not stop with the vessel registration. In fact, the same licences, get renewed every year after the payment of the required amount. Transfers are also held between vessel owners and onto hiers in case of deceased vessels owners. The Department accepts also requests for the removal or addition of engines, on vessels. Other than this, the fisher is to inform also if he wishes to change other details related to the vessel such as the colour, the name, the captain, the VHF radio and the base port.