To provide affordable animal protein (quality fish and fishery products) for the population and contribute significantly to the GDP.

The ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has its mission to plan, develop, rationally mange and conserve all living aquatic resources of the country for the benefit of the country.

The Fisheries Sector Policy is to promote responsible and sustainable fishing practices through good governance while contributing to poverty reduction and wealth creation in Sierra Leone.

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SERVICE

REQUIREMENTS

USER-CHARGES

TIME-LINE

License of fishing vessel

1.Apply to Director of fisheries.
      (See 4th schedule at MFMR)
2. Pre - license inspection
3. Assessment of fees
4. Payment of fees to NRA
5. Issuance of license

1. Nil

2. Nil
3. According to 5th schedule at MFMR
4. Nil

72 hrs

Permit for processing establishment

1. Apply to Director of Fisheries, before construction and update on progress
2. Inspection of facility
3. Asassessment of fees
4. Payment of fees
5. Issuance of permit

1. Nil

2. Nil
3. According to 5th schedule at MFMR

72 hrs

Entry clearance for fishing vessel

1. Apply to Director of Fisheries. Attach characteristics of vessel
2. Approval by Director
3. Issuance of entry clearance

1. Nil

2. Nil
3. Le250,000.00

48hrs

Permit for fish export/import/local discharge

1. Apply to Director of Fisheries
2. Verification by Statistics Unit/Account office
3.Payment of fees to NRA
4.Issuance of permit

Fees per 20kg/ ctn fish.
-Import – Le500.00
-Export – Le3000.00
-Local - Le300.00
-Fish bladder-Le500.00/kg
-Sea cucumber-Le3000.00/kg

48 hrs

Permit for transshipment

1. Apply to Director of Fisheries
2. Verification by Statistics/Accounts office
3. Payment of fees to NRA4.Issuance of permit

1.Nil
2.Nil
According to 5th schedule

48 hrs

 

FEES FOR LICENCES AND OTHER CHARGES

The Fifth Schedule

1. INDUSTRIAL FISHING VESSELS

CATEGORY PERIOD FEES ROYALTIES

A1: Shrimp Trawlers

A2: Cephalopod Trawlers

3 months

$187.5 per GRT up to 250 GRT

US$ 30,000 per vessel over 250 GRT

$8,500 per vessel

6 months 

$187.5 per GRT up to 250 GRT

US$ 50,000 per vessel over 250 GRT

 $12,500 per vessel

12 months

Us$ 250 per GRT up to 250 GRT

US$ 75,000 per vessel over 250 GRT

$22,500 per vessel
12 months concessionary Discretionary but not less than US$8,125 per vessel

A3: Demersal Trawlers

 A4: Mid-Water Trawlers

3 months

$150 per GRT up to 250 GRT

Us$ 150 per GRT up to 250 GRT

$8,500 per vessel

6 months US$ 43,750 per vessel over 250 GRT $12,500 per vessel
12 months

Us$ 187,50 per GRT up to 250 GRT

US$ 50,000 per vessel over 250 GRT

 $18,500 per vessel

A5: Tuna Purse Seiners

3 months US$ 15,000 per vessel
6 months US$ 30,000 per vessel
12 months US$ 45,000 per vessel

A6: Tuna Long Liners

3 months US$ 20,000 per vessel
6 months US$ 25,000 per vessel
12 months US$ 30,000 per vessel

A7: Purse for small Pelagics

3 months US$10,000 per vessel
6 months US$ 25,000 per vessel
12 months US$ 30,000 per vessel

 

2. SEMI – INDUSTRIAL FISHING VESSEL DECKED

CATEGORY PERIOD FEES
C1: Semi- Industrial Fishing vessels

6 months

US$ 100/GRT

12 months

US$ 120/GRT

 

3. SEMI-INDUSTRIAL FISHING VESSELS UNDECKED

CATEGORY PERIOD FEES
STD 5-10 Canoe (Snapper, Herring) 6 months US$ 250
12 months US$ 375
STD 5-10 Canoe (Shark, others) 6 months US$ 750
12 months US$ 1250
Ghana type Canoe (Herrings , Bonga) 6 months US$ 500
12 months US$ 750
Ghana type Canoe (Shark, others) 6 months US$ 1000
12 months US$ 1750
Foreign Canoe 6 months US$ 1500
12 months US$ 2500

 

4. TRANSHIPMENT

CATEGORY PERIOD FEES
B4 Transshipment vessel 6 months US$ 18,750 per vessel
12 months US$ 22,500 per vessel
Per Transshipment US$ 3,750 per vessel

 

5. Transshipping Fishing Vessels

With Sierra Leone Fishing License  US$ 562.50 per vessel per transshipment
With foreign fishing license US$ 1,125.00 per vessel per transshipment
B5: Supply vessels (local carriers) 12 months US$ 5,000 per vessel

 

6. FISHERY SUPPORT AND PROCESSING LICENCES

CATEGORY PERIOD FEES
B1: Processing plant and establishments 12 Months Us$ 25,000 per establishment
B2: Mother ship for processing 12 Months Us$ 25,000 per processing   vessel
B3: Mother ship with canoes, pots, traps, nets or line fishing 6 Months Us$ 18,750 per   vessel
12 Months Us$ 22,500 per   vessel

 

7. AQUACULTURE

CATEGORY PERIOD FEES

Semi Commercial Aquaculture

6   Months US$ 1000
12 Months US$ 1500

Commercial Aquaculture

6   Months US$ 2000
12 Months US$ 3000
Note: Licenses for Aquaculture are the minimum and can be increased on the authority of the Director of Fisheries to be approved by the Minister

 

      8. APPLICATION FEES

A non-refundable application fees shall be payable in respect of the following categories of application described in this schedule:

1. All categories of industrial fishing vessel                   US$ 50 per vessel

2. All categories of industrial fishing vessel                   US$ 15 per vessel

3. Transshipment                                                          US$ 50 per authorization

4. Support and Processing                                            US$ 50 per authorization

 

9. SUPPLEMENTARY FEES SCHEDULE

Details Unit Amount (Le)

Export Fee

20kg/ctn 3,000.00

Import Fee

20kg/ctn 500.00

Local Discharge

20kg/ctn 300.00

Fish Bladder

Kg 500.00

Sea Cucumber

Kg 3,000.00

Entry Clearance

Vessel 250,000.00
Letter of intent for newly established fishing company       Establishment US$ 250

NOTE

Fees and charges are liable to change without any due notice