Free fishing licence for under-25s
Wednesday 18th September 2013, 10:08AM BST.
SEA Fisheries has launched a new scheme encouraging young people to take up commercial fishing.
The scheme is designed to allow young people to have a fishing licence to operate a small boat for up to three years as an on-the-job apprenticeship before investing in a full licence.
Commerce and Employment deputy minister Al Brouard said the idea would make it easier for young people to start commercial fishing.
‘I am delighted with the introduction of this scheme as this will allow those aspiring to take up a career in fishing a real opportunity to do so.’
The scheme is unique to the Bailiwick, he added.
To get a licence they will have to show a commitment to running their own vessel and have a reasonable level of skill and training to get them launched safely.
The licence applies to vessels under 10 metres in length and applies within the 12 nautical mile limit only.
They will be available to people aged up to 25 and would typically cost between £7,000 and £8,000.