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How to Obtain Fishing License in Sri Lanka

The Government Information Center. Eligibility. Support Documents Required: Business Registration certificate. Submission Procedure. Application Forms: Application for License to establish a Fish food Production facility. Procedure: Time Line. Process Time Line: This process will takes nearly 14 working days


  1. To obtain a fishing license, applicants will need to go to the Office of the Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources.
  2. Obtain an application form the Area Fisheries Inspector.
  3. Submit the completed form to the inspector and present the registration certificate of the fishing craft.
  4. Relevant documents will be sent to the district assistant director
  5. The area Fisheries Inspector will review your application form and supporting documents and send them along with their recommendations to the district assistant director
  6. District assistant director will approve or decline the application
  7. Relevant documents will be sent to the director general
  8. The whole process will take around two weeks to be completed.

Required Documents

  • Registration certificate of the fishing craft

Office Locations & Contacts

Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources

3rd Floor,
New Secretariat,
Colombo 10.

Mr. A. Ariyasena Fernando
Telephones:0094-11-2446183 / 0094-11-2472187 / 0094-11-2449170
Fax Nos:0094-11-2449170

Obtain Application Form:
Working Days Monday to Friday
Counter Open Hours 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Except on government holidays

Submit Application Form:
Working Days Monday to Friday
Counter Open Hours 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Except on government holidaysAds by Google


  • Applicant must be a Sri Lankan
  • Applicant must be able to present a registration certificate of the vessel that will be used for operations. The operation should be in accordance with the 1996 operations orders.

Note: License will be issued to Sri Lankans in accordance with the special gazette declaration of 1996 November 07th bearing no 948/25.


No cost involved in obtaining this service

Processing Time

It will take about 2 weeks for your application to be completed.

Need for the Document

This procedure provides information on how you can obtain a license for fishing operation in Sri Lankan territory waters.

External Links

Government Information Centre

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