Test fishing operation


Step 1:  Customer submits the application form 21 to the Conservation and Fisheries Department and pays the application fee.  A Government receipt is issued.

Step 2:  A response is sent  from the Department to the customer acknowledging receipt of the application.        

Step 3:  Application is reviewed, a recommendation is made and the Licence is processed if application is approved.

Step 4:  Customer is informed of the availability of the licence and is invited to come in to the MinistryDepartment where the Customer pays the Licence fees due.

Step 5:  A Government receipt is issued to the customer, payment is immediately reflected on account, and the customer collects the Licence.

Supporting Documents

Passport or Drivers Licence

Method of Applying

In person or by mail

Turn Around Time

6 – 8 weeks

Additional Notes

  • Licence issued with conditions
  • According to Section 73(1) (a) of the Fisheries Act No. 4 of 1997 provisions are made for the Minister after consultation with the Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer to: (a) upon an application made to him in the prescribed form, issue an applicant, without payment of a fee, a licence to conduct Test Fishing operations in the fishery waters.

Department Contact Information

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Paraquita Bay,
Tortola, Virgin Islands (British) VG1120

Business Hours:

General Office - Paraquita Bay and Virgin Gorda - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Abattoir - 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Airport - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Email Address: doaf@gov.vg, fisheries@gov.vg, vet@gov.vg, plantproduction@gov.vg

General Office (Paraquita Bay) - 1(284) 468-6123/6124
Veterinary Unit  - 1 (284) 468 - 6197
Virgin Gorda Office - 1(284) 468-9263/6506/6507
Airport Office - 1(284) 468-6449