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All boats engaged in commercial fishing in Barbados must be registered under the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Following are procedures on how you can apply for this procedure.


The fishing vessel must be wholly owned by individuals or a company of persons who are citizens or permanent residents of Barbados.

The applicant who may be an individual or a director or agent of a company, must complete the fishery worker application process.

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Before registering the commercial fishing vessel, the vessel's owner or agent must first apply as a fishery worker in Barbados by submitting an application to the Fisheries Division.

Required Information

Owner/Agent information:

  • Complete name
  • Address
  • Fisher No
  • ID No
  • Contact numbers (home/work)

Vessel Details:

  • Builder
  • Year Built (age)
  • Vessel Name
  • Vessel Type
  • Hull Material
  • Dimensions of Vessel
  • Engine(s)
  • Proposed Number of Crew
  • Emergency Plan for Vessel

Fishing information:

  • Fishing Distance from Shore
  • Length of a Fishing Trip
  • Fish Storage
  • Dimensions of Fish Storage
  • Proposed Operating Site
  • Mooring Site or Home Port
  • Target Species
  • Fishing Gear
  • Main Purpose of Fishing


  1. Gather all documents you will need to present or submit in order to register a commercial fishing vessel.
  2. Fill out the registration form.
  3. Submit the completed registration form along with all other required documents to the Fisheries Division under Barbados' Ministry of Agriculture.
  4. Upon completion of the inspection process where a Certificate of Inspection has been issued, the supervising officer shall approve the application for registration.

Approval of the fishing vessel's registration will result in the issuance of the Certificate of Registration and a marking note for local commercial fishing vessel. A vessel's file and a computerized record will also be created, and the register of fishing vessels in Barbados will be updated to include the newly register vessel.

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Required Documents

  • Completed application form for registration of a local fishing vessel. Vessel Registration Form (FD7)
  • The owner’s/director’s Barbados Identification Card
  • The owner’s/director’s valid Passport and any other documents that proves the owner or director is of Barbadian nationality or citizenship
  • The owner’s/director’s Barbados National Insurance & Social Security Registration Card (NIS Card)
  • Relevant invoices, bill of sale, change of ownership letter and or other documentation supporting the procurement of the vessel
  • For company owned vessels: Certificate of company’s incorporation and the names of its directors
  • For imported vessels:
    • Completed customs declaration C63 form
    • Survey report
    • De-registration certificate from the country of origin, if the vessel was registered in another country
    • If the vessel is to be sailed to Barbados, prior to sailing, an application for temporary flag state status is to be made to:
The Director of Maritime Affairs
Ministry of International Transport
Carlisle House
St. Michael


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Office Locations & Contacts

The Ministry of Agriculture
Christ Church
Telephone: 246-434-5000
Email Contact Form

Fisheries Division
Ministry of Agriculture
Princess Alice Highway
Barbados Map
Telephone: (246) 426-3745 / (246) 426-5973
Fax: (246) 436-9068

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External Links

  • Ministry of Agriculture - Barbados Website:
  • Barbados' 1993 Fisheries Act:


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