You will need this licence if you intend to commercially fish for demersal or bottom dwelling fish species in offshore waters. The demersal fishery is controlled by a catch based quota. You must hold a quota before you can go fishing under the licence.
This licence allows you to use any of the following fishing methods:
- vertical lines
- drop lines
- finfish long-lines
- baited fish traps
- semi-demersal trawl nets in two multi-gear areas.
- trawl operators must use a bycatch reduction device and square mesh funnel or cod end to reduce the amount of bycatch.
You can apply for a new licence, but cannot buy or sell existing licences. However, you may buy, sell or lease individual transferable quota.