Licensing Guidelines

Licensing guidelines

1.1.1       Artisanal, Semi-industrial and Recreational Fisheries

The following are required steps to obtain license and register an artisanal canoe in Liberia:

  • Obtain a copy of the artisanal canoe license application form;
  •  Application forms can be obtained free of charge from NaFAA office or can be download here (..)
  • Application forms are completed by the Local Agent and returned to NaFAA for review and approval.
  • Upon approval of the completed application, NaFAA conducts both canoes and fishing gears pre-inspection.
  • If fishing gears are in compliance with the laws and or fisheries regulations, applicants are required to pay the required license fees.
  • Registration and license documents are then issued by the Director General of NaFAA upon certified payment receipts.

1.1.2       Industrial

The guidelines below are required steps to obtain a Liberian industrial fishing license:

  • Submit a letter of intent to the office of the Director General;
  •  Complete and submit license application form (the application form can be download here, insert link) with supporting documents to the office of the Director General;
  • The Licensing Committee or fisheries control committee conduct due-diligence on the submitted license application;
  • The costumer is inform by the office of the Director General;
  • Pay pre-licensing inspection, observer and vessel registration fees;
  • Submit to pre-licensing inspection procedures by NaFAA at the Fisheries Pier in the Port of Monrovia;
  • Submit pre-licensing inspection report to the Director General by the inspection team;
  • Submit fishing plan by vessel captain through the Local Agent  for evaluation;
  • Pay 10% of the total ex-vessel value of catch during the license period is required;
  • Fix Mobile Transceiver Unit (MTU) or submit existing MTU codes as part of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) requirement;
  • Fishing licenses are granted for a maximum period of 12 months, always expired on December 31st of each year.
  • Once the Fishing License has been issued/granted , there are further requirements, including:
    1. Assignment of Liberia Scientific Fisheries Observer for every fishing trip;
    2. Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) switched on at all times on the vessel;
    3. All catch landed in Liberia is subject to landing fees, valued per ton dependent on species;
    4. All catch transshipped must receive permission to do so from the Director General;
    5. Catch that is not landed in Liberia must receive permission to both transship; and submit an export application to the office of the Director General.

1.1.3       Tuna Fishery

The guidelines below are required to obtain a Liberian tuna fishing license:

  • Submit a letter of intent to the office of the Director General;
  • Exchange and Review of Access Agreement (insert draft template);
  • Complete and submit license application form (insert link) with supporting documents to the office of the Director General;
  • Signed access agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Vessel Parent Company. Written authorization must be issued  to the Liberian Agent for signature on behalf of the Parent Company;
  • Submit to pre-licensing inspection procedures at the Fisheries Pier in the Port of Monrovia or any designated port;
  • Pay the total amount stipulated in the agreement ;
  • Submit existing MTU codes as part of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) requirement;
  • Fishing licenses are granted for a maximum period of 12 months, always ending on December 31st of each year.
  • Once the Fishing License has been granted/issued, there are further requirements, including:
    1. Assignment of the Fisheries Observer based on the proportion;
    2. VMS switched on at all times;
    3. All catch landed in Liberia is subject to landing fees, valued per ton dependent on the species;

1.1.4       Licence for commercial aquaculture

Guideline for licensing of commercial aquaculture:

  • An application for an aquaculture licence shall be made to the Director General
  • The application shall be accompanied by proof that the applicant is legally entitled to use the land or other area designated as the proposed site.
  • After receipt of an application the Director General shall ensure that any relevant environmental standards for the proposed aquaculture project are being met, including requirements for siting, emissions and other relevant matters under the Environment Protection Law, and may, in consultation with the relevant Local government, determine whether the applicant is required to submit an environmental assessment of the proposed aquaculture project.
  • If the applicant is required to undertake an environmental impact assessment in respect of any law, the application shall be accompanied by a copy of any environmental impact assessment report and the recommendations of anybody or agency responsible for reviewing the environmental impact assessment report.
  • The applicant shall disclose fully in the application the level of foreign investment in the proposed aquaculture operations, if any, and the potential benefits to the Republic of Liberia from such investment which the Director General shall include, inter alia, as a condition of license.
  • The applicant shall give notice of the application, at the applicant’s expense, in such manner as may be prescribed and to such person or persons, including the public in general, as the Director General may determine, and such notice shall invite all those to whom it is addressed to submit in writing to the Director General, within thirty days from the date of the notice, any objections to or representations in connection with the application.
  • The applicant shall designate the person or persons accredited and or hire the technical service of NaFAA staff that will install the aquaculture facility.
  • If, before a licence is issued, there is any change in the particulars submitted application or, where an environmental assessment is required, any change in the information on which the environmental assessment is based, the applicant shall immediately communicate such change or changes in writing to the Director General.
  • NaFAA shall be the only entity that will import broodstocks, fish eggs, fries, fingerlings and any alien fish species in Liberia.
  • Every fish farmer operating within the land and water miles of Liberia shall obtain license to do so.
  • Construction of fish ponds by private company or individual shall be supervise and or constructed by technician from NaFAA with 10% of the total work cost pay to NaFAA workmanship fees.
  • NaFAA fingerlings shall be sold for 70 LD per fingerling.
  • License fees of 100 USD or its equivalent in Liberia Dollars for people engage in aquaculture shall be paid to NaFAA and it is subject to increment.

1.2         Guidelines – The following are the steps required to import fish into Liberia:

  • Obtain a certificate or attestation from the fisheries directorate of the country(ies) of origin of the supply, approving the export of fish from that country;
  • Obtain an invoice from the consigner detailing the quantities in tons and cartons (or bags) of the individual species to be imported
  • Complete an application form (insert link or at the office of National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority-Mesurado Pier) and include all required documentation
  • All applications shall be reviewed by the Fish Import and Export Committee and subsequently forwarded to the Direct General for final approval. No permit shall be deemed valid unless signed by the Director General or his/her designee.
  • For applications that are denied, consignment must be transported out of Liberian waters at the importer’s expense or be confiscated by NaFAA in collaboration with relevant authorities if the consignment is already in Liberian waters.
  • After approval, importers shall receive a bill for payment from NaFAA, to be paid in NaFAA’s bank account. Bank details shall be provided on the billing form
  • Importer shall return the deposit slip of payment to NaFAA’s administrative office located at Freeport, adjacent LPRC
  • Importer shall then receive the Permit for Importation for the consignment applied for
  • A copy of the port clearance must be submitted to NaFAA upon arrival of consignment before discharge
  • The importer must submit to a dockside inspection during the offloading procedure.

1.2.1       Required Documents

The following documents must be included with the application:

  • Letter of Expression of Interest
  • Application form(Completed)
  • Business Registration of Importer
  • Tax Clearance
  • Export permit from country of origin
  • Invoice of the consignment indicating the quantity of fish
  • Certification of export from the fisheries department from the country of origin
  • Copy of all transshipment documents, including place of transshipment
  • Copy of licenses for all fishing vessels that have supplied the carrier
  • Copy of ship registration documents
  • Copy of bill of lading and port clearance from the country of origin
  • Health Certificate

1.3         Guidelines: The following are the steps required to export fish from Liberia

  1. Complete export permit application form (insert link, and submit to the National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority
  2. Due diligence conducted by Fish Export Permit Committee
  3. All applications shall be reviewed by the Fish Export Permit Committee and subsequently forwarded to the Direct General for final approval. No permit shall be deemed valid unless signed by the Director General or his/her designee.
  4. After approval, exporters shall receive a bill for payment from NaFAA. Payments shall be made directly in NaFAA’s bank account. Bank details shall be provided on the billing form
  5. Exporter shall return the deposit slip of payment to NaFAA’s administrative office located at Freeport, adjacent LPRC
  6. Exporter shall then receive the Permit for Exportation for the consignment applied for

1.3.1       Required Documents

The following documents must be included with the application:

  • Business Registration
  • Tax Clearance
  • Application form(Completed)
  • NaFAA Certificate