Brunei requires a license for all fishing gear
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): A license is required for all fishing gear, under Section 13(1) of the Fisheries Ordinance 2009, the Department of Fisheries informed the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) Wednesday (January 12). The announcement was made following a post that went viral on social media.
Under Section 13(1), it provides that any person who in Brunei Darussalam waters operates or permits the operation of fishing gear without a licence; has in his possession or under his control any fishing gear without such a permit; sets or causes to be set any fishing gear without the written approval of the Director prior to the issuance of such a permit; or violates the terms of any such license or written approval; is guilty of an offence.
Currently, the Fishing Device License is only applied to fishers and individuals fishing in Brunei waters using boats owned by themselves, relatives or friends, or rented boats.
The license fee for fishing gear is BND 3 for 12 hooks, while the license card fee rate is BND 2.
The issuance of a fishing license aims to ensure the sustainability of fishery resources by controlling the use of fishing gear for the protection and preservation of the marine environment, as well as to ensure that fishery resources are secure and can be enjoyed by future generations.