All recreational (sport) fishing vessels that wish to operate in Liberian waters must obtain a valid fishing license from the Bureau of National Fisheries.
The steps that are required for obtaining a Liberian recreational fishing license are laid out below. Note that each step of the procedure is required for all recreational fishing vessels, including those that wish to operate for personal or commercial reasons.
Guidelines for Obtaining a Recreational (Sport) Fishing License in Liberia:
- Submission of license application to the Bureau of National Fisheries
- Obtain bill payment slip from BNF
- Payment of registration and licensing fees to the Special Fisheries Account at the Central Bank of Liberia (details are available at the BNF)
- Submission to inspection procedures by the Bureau of National Fisheries (Required)
Fishing licenses are granted for a maximum period of 12 months, always ending on December 31st of each year. The License Application document can be downloaded here, or can be picked up from the Bureau of National Fisheries office. A new license must be applied and paid for each year.
All vessels active in Liberian waters must in addition obtain a Seaworthiness Certificate from the Liberia Maritime Authority. For more information visit the LiMA Website.
The Liberia Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC) monitors Channel 16, the Fisheries Hotline at 0880431581, and firstname.lastname@example.org. Recreational (sport) fishers are requested to report any sightings of any illegal fishing activity taking place in Liberia waters, including date, time, GPS position, type of activity and photographs if possible. Recreational fishers are also requested to report any sightings of Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs).
For research purposes, the BNF may on occasion request catch records from recreational fishers.