Fishing Ports and Port Registration Letters

Commercial fishing boats are regulated by Government agencies. To ensure clear and separate identification of boats that may have similar names, each fishing boat must display Port Registration Letters. The style of these letters varies depending on the Country that issues them, but they usually take the form of a letter code that identifies the port or administrative area, and a number that identifies the individual boat. Some Countries reissue the same number when it becomes free after the loss or scrapping of a vessel, while others issue unique numbers to each new boat that is registered. The general principles are similar to those in various Countries for motor vehicle number plates.

This list contains Port Registration Letters mainly for European countries, and includes registration letters that are no longer in current use, but may be of historic interest in identifying old photographs. Some ports exist only as an administrative area and may issue registration letters although there is no local fishing fleet. For example, the port of Banff in Scotland is so small that no seagoing commercial ship could enter it, but the registration letters BF, which, like all British registration letters, are issued by a centralised national office, are used by many of the big trawlers working from the harbours of North East Scotland.

Last updated on 08 August 2004  

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List of Fishing Ports and their Registration Letters

 Letters

Port

Country

Notes

A

Aberdeen

Scotland

Important fishing port, but the main maritime business is offshore oil support. Excellent photo views for boats entering and leaving the harbour, but poor vantage points for quayside photos. Most of the Scottish East Coast fishing boats are further north at Peterhead and Fraserburgh. (July 2003)

A

Akershus

Norway

 

A

Aalborg

Denmark

 

A

Antwerp

Belgium

 

AA

Aabenraa

Denmark

 

AA

Alloa

Scotland

There is no fishing trade here, and only a few small boats use these registration letters (June 2003)

AA

Aust - Agder

Norway

 

AA

Westeraccumersiel

Germany

 

AB

Aberystwyth

Wales

 

AB

Bensersiel

Germany

 

ABH

Bremerhaven

Germany

 

AC

Arcachon

France

 

AC

Calolinensie

Germany

 

ACC

Accumerseil

Germany

 

AD

Ardrossan

Scotland

Commercial port in the Firth of Clyde. Most boats use the BA Ballantrae registration

AD

Audierne

France

 

AD

Langeoog

Germany

 

AE

Emden

Germany

 

AF

Friesdrichs Schleusses

Germany

 

AG

Greetseil

Germany

 

AH

Angra do Heroismo

Portugal

 

AH

Arbroath

Scotland

Only a few boats now use the harbour, most landings are at Aberdeen, Peterhead and Fraserburgh. The town is famous for producing smoked haddock (September 2003)

AH

Ditzum

Germany

 

AI

Akureyri

Iceland

 

AJ

Juist

Germany

 

AK

Andijk

Netherlands

 

AL

Albufeira

Portugal

Small boats can be found on the beaches all along the coast (May 1983)

AL

Algeciras

Spain

 

AL

Ameland

Netherlands

 

AL

Langeoog

Germany

 

AL

Leer

Germany

 

ALK

Alkmaar

Netherlands

 

AM

Almeria

Spain

 

AM

Amsterdam

Netherlands

The Maritime Museum has a preserved fishing boat (October 1997)

AM

Leerort

Germany

 

AN

Ancora

Portugal

 

AN

Norderney

Germany

 

AO

Oldersum

Germany

 

AQ

Retzmarsiel

Germany

 

AR

Arnes Syssel

Iceland

 

AR

Ayr

Scotland

The fish market here closed in 1997 and the boats moved a few miles north to Troon. Boats also use Girvan, to the south of Ayr.

AR

Rhaudermoor

Germany

 

ARC

Arcachon

France

 

ARM

Arnemuiden

Netherlands

 

ARN

Arnis

Germany

 

AS

Aarhus

Denmark

 

AS

Spickeroog

Germany

 

AS

Ahus

Sweden

 

ASS

Assel

Germany

 

AT

Alicante

Spain

 

AT

Terborg

Germany

 

AU

Audierne

France

 

AU

Baltrum

Germany

 

AV

Aveiro

Portugal

 

AV

Avenhorn

Netherlands

 

AV

Norden

Germany

 

AW

Aengwirden

Netherlands

 

AW

Wilhelmshaven

Germany

 

AX

Borkum

Germany

 

AY

Norddeich

Germany

 

AY

Auray

France

 

AZ

Neuharlingsersiel

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

B

Belfast

Northern Ireland

 

B

Blankenburg

Belgium

 

BA

Ballantrae

Scotland

Another tiny and little used harbour, but the BA registration letters are carried by many of the West Coast fishing boats

BA

Bayonne

France

 

BA

Barcelona

Spain

 

BA

Bardastradn Syssel

Iceland

 

BB

Bremen

Germany

 

BCK

Buckie

Scotland

Busy fishing port. Good views of the boats and there is also the Buckie Drifter Fisheries Museum (October 2003)

BD

Bideford

England

A shallow tidal estuary with only a few small boats, but the port also includes Appledore, with its excellent maritime museum and the picturesque village of Clovelly, once famous for its herring boats.  Barnstaple and Bideford both have 12-16 foot salmon boats that carry registration letters  (August 2004)

BD

Buskerud

Norway

 

BE

Barnstaple

England

 

BEI

Beidenfleth

Germany

 

BEN

Bensersiel

Germany

 

BF

Banff

Scotland

Tiny harbour, but registration port for many Scottish fishing boats. The adjacent port of Macduff is a major repair yard for fishing boats and also has a Marine Aquarium (October 2003)

BH

Blyth

England

 

BH

Brouwershaven

Netherlands

 

BI

Bilbao

Spain

 

BIN

Bingum

Germany

 

BK

Berwick on Tweed

England

Not many boats in the town of Berwick on Tweed, but a variety of boats can be seen in coastal villages such as Seahouses, Amble and Newbiggen (1998)

BL

Boulogne

France

Many fishing boats use the quays close to the town centre 

BL

Bristol

England

 

BM

Brixham

England

Fishing port, a major marina for pleasure boats, and a busy tourist area.

BN

Boston

England

 

BO

Borrowstoness

Scotland

Its actually pronounced Bo-ness. There are no fishing boats here

BOG

Borgerende

Germany

 

BON

Bongsiel

Germany

 

BOR

Borkum

Germany

 

BOU

Bouchoute

Belgium

 

BR

Barreiro

Portugal

 

BR

Bridgewater

England

 

BR

Breskens

Netherlands

 

BR

Brest

France

 

BRA

Brake

Germany

 

BRD

Broadford

Skye, Scotland

This is a tiny harbour with no fishing fleet. A few fishing boats can be found at Uig, Portree, Dunvegan and Kyleakin. Skye is no longer an island - there is a bridge to the mainland. (5/2001)

BRE

Bremen

Germany

 

BRO

Brokdorf

Germany

 

BRU

Brunsbuttelkoog

Germany

 

BRU

Bruinisse

Netherlands

 

BS

Beaumaris

Wales

 

BU

Bunschoten

Netherlands

 

BU

Burntisland

Scotland

Another harbour with few fishing boats. There are a some small boats at nearby Kinghorn (2001)

BUR

Burgstaaken

Burhaversiel

Germany

 

BUS

Busum

Germany

 

BV

Bremen - Vegesack

Germany

 

BW

Barrow

England

 

BX

Bremerhaven

Germany

 

BX

Bordeaux

France

 

BZ

Bergen op Zoom

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

C

Caen

France

 

C

Cork

Ireland

 

C

Coxyde

Belgium

 

CA

Cadiz

Spain

 

CA

Cardigan

Wales

 

CAN

Cancale

France

 

CC

Concarneau

France

 

CE

Coleraine

Northern Ireland

 

CF

Cardiff

Wales

 

CG

Callantsoog

Netherlands

 

CH

Cherchell

Algeria

 

CH

Cherbourg

France

 

CH

Chester

England

 

CK

Colchester

England

 

CL

Calais

France

 

CL

Carlisle

England

 

CLN

Clinge

Netherlands

 

CM

Camaret

France

 

CM

Caminha

Portugal

 

CN

Campbeltown

Scotland

 Medium size harbour with fishing boats

CN

Cimbrishamn

Sweden

 

CO

Caernarfon

Wales

 

CO

Coruna

Spain

 

CO

Coursuelles

France

 

CP

Castellon

Spain

 

CP

Colijnsplaat

Netherlands

 

CS

Cascais

Portugal

 

CS

Cowes

England

 

CT

Trouville

France

 

CT

Cartagena

Spain

 

CT

Castletown

Isle of Man

 

CU

Ceuta

Spanish North Africa

 

CUX

Cuxhaven

Germany

 

CY

Castlebay

Scotland

Harbour on the island of Barra in the Western Islands

CZ

Cadzand

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

D

Doel

Belgium

 

D

Dunkirk

France

 

D

Dublin

Ireland

 

DA

Dala Syssel

Iceland

 

DA

Drogheda

Ireland

 

DAG

Dagebull

Germany

 

DAH

Dahme

Germany

 

DAN

Dangast

Germany

 

DAR

Darlowo

Poland

 

DD

Dordrecht

Netherlands

 

DE

Dundee

Scotland

When Herman Melville wrote "Moby Dick", Dundee was a major whaling port. Now there is no fishing of any importance, but boats in the small harbours around the Firth of Tay use the DE registration letters (2003)

DED

Dedesdorf

Germany

 

DH

Dartmouth

England

 

DI

Dieppe

France

 

DIN

Dinant

France

 

DIT

Ditzum

Germany

 

DK

Dundalk

Ireland

 

DK

Dunkirk

France

 

DO

Douglas

Isle of Man

 

DOR

Dorum

Germany

 

DP

Dieppe

France

 

DR

Dover

England

 

DRA

Drage

Germany

 

DRE

Oehe-Drecht

Germany

 

DS

Dumfries

Scotland

There is no fishing fleet in Dumfries - it is too far upriver. Boats operate from Kirkcudbright and Isle of Whithorn (despite the name, the Isle of Whithorn is a mainland town, not an island) 

DV

Deventer

Netherlands

 

DW

Doniawestal

Netherlands

 

DZ

Delfzijl

Netherlands

 

DZ

Douarnenez

France

 

DZI

Dziwnow

Poland

 

 

 

 

 

E

Ericeira

Portugal

 

E

Esbjerg

Denmark

 

E

Exeter

England

 

EA

Eysafjord

Iceland

 

EB

Elburg

Netherlands

 

ECKE

Eckernforde

Germany

 

EE

Eenrum

Netherlands

 

EG

Egmond aan Zee

Netherlands

 

EH

Enkhuizen

Netherlands

 

EL

Etel

France

 

ELM

Elmhorn

Germany

 

ELS

Elsfleth

Germany

 

EMD

Emden

Germany

 

ER

Ericeira

Portugal

 

ES

Esposende

Portugal

 

EWD

Ellewoutsdijk

Netherlands

 

EZ

Ezinge

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

F

Fano

Denmark

 

F

Faversham

England

 

F

Fecamp

France

 

F

Finnmark

Norway

 

F

 

Malta

F = "Full time" fishing boat

MF and PTF = "Part time" fishing boat

FAL

Falshoft

Germany

 

FD

Fleetwood

England

Best place to view the fishing boats is from the promenade at the mouth of the river as they arrive and depart

FD

Fuglefjord

Faeroe Islands

 

FE

Ferrol

Spain

 

FE

Folkestone

England

 

FED

Fedderwardersiel

Germany

 

FF

Figueria da Foz

Portugal

 

FG

Falkenberg

Sweden

 

FH

Falmouth

England

 

FL

Finsterwolde

Denmark

 

FLE

Flensburg

Germany

 

FN

Frederikshaven

Denmark

 

FN

Franeker

Netherlands

 

FN

Funchal

Madeira, Portugal

 

FR

Faro

Portugal

 

FR

Fraserburgh

Scotland

Major fishing port. Lots to see around the harbour. Good photo opportunities. There are harbours in the small villages of Sandhaven, Rosehearty, Pennan and Gardenstown, situated between Fraserburgh and Macduff. Access to Pennan and Gardenstown is by a precipitous, narrow, winding road.(2003)

FRI

Friedrichskoog

Friedrichsort

Germany

 

FY

Fowey

England

 

FZ

Fuzeta

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

G

Galway

Ireland

 

G

Granville

France

 

GA

Gaasterland

Netherlands

 

GC

Gran Canaria

Spain

Like Tenerife, it is worth hiring a car to get to the small ports and beaches to find the local fishing boats (September 1983)

GD

s'-Gravendeel

Netherlands

 

GDA

Gdansk

Poland

 

GDY

Gdynia

Poland

 

GE

Gefle

Sweden

 

GE

Goole

England

 

GEV

Geversdorf

Germany

 

GG

Geertruidenberg

Netherlands

 

GG

Goteborg

Sweden

 

GH

Grangemouth

Scotland

Major port and oil refinery in the Firth of Forth. There is no local fishing, and except for occasional repair work there are no fishing boats to be seen here

GI

Gijon

Spain

 

GK

Greenock

Scotland

Industrial town and commercial harbour. There are no fishing boats based here

GK

Grindavik

Iceland

 

GLU

Gluckstadt

Germany

 

GM

Genemuiden

Netherlands

 

GN

Granton

Scotland

Used to be a fishing port, but is now part of the City of Edinburgh and the harbour is a marina for pleasure craft. There are a few small fishing boats at nearby Newhaven (2003)

GO

Goedereede

Netherlands

 

GOE

Goes

Netherlands

 

GOT

Gothmund

Germany

 

GR

Gloucester

England

 

GRA

Grauw

Netherlands

 

GRA

Gravelines

France

 

GRE

Greetsiel

Germany

 

GRO

Grossenbrode

Germany

 

GRÖ

Gromitz

Germany

 

GRO

Groningen

Netherlands

 

GS

Gasselte

Netherlands

 

GT

Grafhorst

Netherlands

 

GU

 

Guernsay

 

GV

Guilvinee

France

 

GW

Glasgow

Scotland

Only a few boats use the GW registration and none operate from within the City boundaries. Glasgow used to be a major port and shipbuilding centre but it never had a fishing fleet. (2000)

GY

Grimsby

England

 

 

 

 

 

H

Helsingor

Denmark

 

H

Heyst

Belgium

 

H

Hordaland

Norway

 

H

Hull

England

 

H

Unknown

Portugal

 

HA

Haparanda

Sweden

 

HA

Harlingen

Netherlands

 

HAF

Haffkrug

Germany

 

HAL

Halsteren

Netherlands

 

HAR

Harlesiel

Germany

 

HAS

Audeich/Kreuzdeich

Germany

 

HAS

Hasselt

Netherlands

 

HAT

Hatzum

Germany

 

HB

Het Bildt

Netherlands

 

HBK

Hamburg - Kleinfahrzeuge

Germany

 

HC

Cuxhaven

Germany

 

HD

Halmstad

Sweden

 

HD

Den Helder

Netherlands

 

HE

Hayle

England

 

HEI

Heikendorf

Germany

 

HEIL

Heiligenhaven

Germany

 

HEL

Helgoland

Germany

 

HEL

Hel

Poland

 

HEN

Hennstedt

Horst

Germany

 

HF

Hamburg - Finkenwerder

Germany

 

HG

Helsingborg

Sweden

 

HG

Hjoring

Denmark

 

HH

Hamburg

Germany

 

HH

Harwich

England

 

HI

Hindelopen

Netherlands

 

HK

Holbaek

Denmark

 

HK

Harderwijk

Netherlands

 

HL

Hemellumer

Netherlands

 

HL

Hartlepool

England

 

HL

Hudiksvall

Sweden

 

HN

Hoorn

Netherlands

 

HND

Hornosand

Sweden

 

HO

Honfleur

France

 

HO

Hoogeveen

Netherlands

 

HOE

Hoedekenskerke

Netherlands

 

HOH

Hohwcht

Germany

 

HOK

Hoek

Netherlands

 

HON

Hontenisse

Netherlands

 

HOO

Hooge

Hooksiel

Hoopte

Germany

 

HOR

Horumersiel

Germany

 

HÖR

Hornum

Germany

 

HP

Hoofdplaat

Netherlands

 

HR

Herkingen

Netherlands

 

HS

Haamstede

Netherlands

 

HT

Heenvliet

Netherlands

 

HT

Horta

Portugal

 

HU

Huelva

Spain

 

HU

Hunavatn

Iceland

 

HUB

Hubertsberg

Germany

 

HUS

Husum

Germany

 

HV

Hellevoetsluis

Netherlands

 

HV

Hadersley

Denmark

 

HVH

Hoek van Holland

Netherlands

 

HVL

Hoogvliet

Netherlands

 

HW

Hoogwoud

Netherlands

 

HZ

Huizen

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

I

Isigny

France

 

IB

Ibiza

Spain

Many beaches and harbours with small boats (1984)

IE

Irvine

Scotland

 

IH

Ipswich

England

 

IL

Ilpendam

Netherlands

 

IJM

Ijmuiden

Netherlands

 

INS

Inverness

Scotland

There is no fishing fleet here, but many boats working from Scottish east coast ports use the INS registration letters.  (2002)

IO

Isle d'Oleron

France

 

IS

Isafjordur

Iceland

 

 

 

 

 

J

 

Jersey

 

JAS

Jastarnia

Poland

 

JEM

Jemgum

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

K

Kieldrecht

Belgium

 

K

Kirkwall

Orkney Islands Scotland

Only a few fishing boats are based in Kirkwall. Small fishing boats can be found in the many harbours around the Orkney Islands, but most of the big trawlers land their catches in the Scottish mainland ports of Scrabster, Wick, Fraserburgh and Peterhead. (1998)

K

Kopenhagen

Denmark

 

KA

Karlskrona

Sweden

 

KAP

Kappeln

Germany

 

KAS

Kasenort

Germany

 

KB

Krabbendijke

Netherlands

 

KD

Kristianstad

Sweden

 

KD

Kattendijke

Netherlands

 

KE

Koege

Denmark

 

KE

Keflavik

Iceland

 

KE

Kerkwerve

Netherlands

 

KEL

Kellenhusen

Germany

 

KET

Ketelsby

Germany

 

KG

Klaksvig

Faeroe Islands

 

KH

Kolhorn

Netherlands

 

KIE

Kiel

Germany

 

KK

Koudekerke

Netherlands

 

KL

Klundert

Netherlands

 

KN

Karlshamn

Sweden

 

KN

Kruiningen

Netherlands

 

KNO

Knork

Germany

 

KO

Koog aan der Zaan

Netherlands

 

KOL

Kolberg

Germany

 

KOL

Kolobrzeg

Poland

 

KP

Kampen

Netherlands

 

KR

Kalmar

Sweden

 

KR

Korsor

Denmark

 

KRA

Krakstorf

Germany

 

KRO

Kronsgaard

Germany

 

KU

Kuinre

Netherlands

 

KW

Katwijk

Netherlands

 

KY

Kirkcaldy

Scotland

No local fishing fleet - the boats are further along the coast at the harbours of Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem and St. Monans. The Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther is worth a visit (2002)

 

 

 

 

L

Lannion

France

 

L

Lemvig

Denmark

 

L

Limerick

Ireland

 

L

Lisbon

Portugal

 

LA

Landskrona

Sweden

 

LA

La Rochelle

France

 

LA

Llanelli

Wales

 

LA

Lulea

Sweden

 

LAB

Laboe

Germany

 

LAN

Langeness

Germany

 

LANG

Langholz

Germany

 

LBB

Leerort

Germany

 

LE

Finkenwarder

Germany

 

LE

Leixoes

Portugal

 

LE

Lemsterland

Netherlands

 

LEB

Leba

Poland

 

LEE

Leer

Germany

 

LEM

Lemkenhafen

Germany

 

LF

Altenwerder

Germany

 

LG

Lagos

Portugal

 

LH

Le Havre

France

 

LH

Leith

Scotland

This is the port for the City of Edinburgh, the Capital of Scotland, but there are no fishing boats here - they are all in the harbours of Musselburgh, Cockenzie, Port Seaton, North Berwick and Dunbar along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, and the North Sea harbours of St. Abbs and Eyemouth (2002)

LI

Littlehampton

England

 

LIP

Lippe

Germany

 

LIST

List auf Sylt

Germany

 

LK

Lerwick

Shetland Islands Scotland

The main harbours are in Lerwick and nearby Scalloway, but there are many small harbours and moorings all round the islands. You need a car to get around. There are excellent and frequent inter island ferry services. Allow for flexible planning if visiting - gale force winds are common and weather conditions can stop air and ferry services at short notice. (1994)

LK

Lubeck

Germany

 

LL

Liverpool

England

 

LL

Lysekil

Sweden

 

LM

Landsmeer

Netherlands

 

LN

Lokken

Denmark

 

LN

Kings Lynn

England

 

LNG

Linkoping

Sweden

 

LO

London

England

No fishing fleet operates from the Capital of England, although a few boats based in the South of England region use the LO letters (2000)

LO

Lorient

France

 

LOG

Loga

Germany

 

LP

Lajes, Pico

Portugal

 

LP

Loppersum

Netherlands

 

LR

Lancaster

England

 

LS

Leens

Netherlands

 

LS

Sables d'Olonne

France

 

LT

Lowestoft

England

 

LUN

Nesserdeich – Wollersum

Germany

 

LW

Leewarden

Netherlands

 

LX

Lisbon

Portugal

 

LY

Londonderry

Northern Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

M

Middelkerke

Belgium

 

M

Marstal

Denmark

 

M

Milford Haven

Wales

 

M

Melilla

Spain

 

M

Mor og Romsdal

Norway

 

M

Murmansk

Russia

 

MA

Malaga

Spain

 

MA

Maassluis

Netherlands

 

MA

Marseilles

France

 

MAA

Maasholm

Germany

 

MD

Marstrand

Sweden

 

ME

Medemblik

Netherlands

 

ME

Montrose

Scotland

Not many fishing boats, and it can be difficult to get a good position for photographs. It is worth looking at the small harbours of Johnshaven, Gourdon, and Stonehaven, all on the main road north between Montrose and Aberdeen (2002)

MEL

Meldorf

Germany

 

MF

 

Malta

MF and PTF = "Part time" fishing boat

F = "Full time" fishing boat

MG

Middelburg

Netherlands

 

MH

Menorca

Spain

 

MH

Middlesborough

England

Small boats operate from the beaches all along this part of the East coast of England, not from harbours, and are launched and recovered by tractors with trailers

MK

Marken

Netherlands

 

ML

Maasland

Netherlands

 

ML

Methil

Scotland

This harbour is hardly used by fishing boats

MLL

Melilla

Spanish North Africa

 

MM

Mom

Sweden

 

MN

Maldon

England

 

MN

Marennes

France

 

MO

Malmo

Sweden

 

MO

Monnikendam

Netherlands

 

MP

Meppel

Netherlands

 

MR

Manchester

England

Big city in middle of England with a canal to the sea. You could grow old trying to find any fishing boats here

MT

Martigues

France

 

MT

Maryport

England

 

MT

Middlefart

Denmark

 

MU

Muiden

Netherlands

 

MUN

Munkmarsch-Sylt

Germany

 

MX

Morlaix

France

 

 

 

 

 

N

Nakskov

Denmark

 

N

Nazare

Portugal

Small boats launch direct from the beach but there is also a modern harbour just outside the town (1984)

N

Newport

Wales

 

N

Newry

Northern Ireland

 

N

Nieuwpoort

Belgium

 

N

Nordland

Norway

 

NA

Nantes

France

 

NB

Emden

Germany

 

NB

Nieuw Beierland

Netherlands

 

NC

Cuxhaven

Germany

 

ND

Nyord

Denmark

 

ND

Nieuwe Niedorp

Netherlands

 

NE

Newcastle

England

 

NES

Nessmersiel

Germany

 

NEU

Neufeld

Neuharlingersiel

Neuhaus/Oste

Germany

 

NEUK

Neukirchen

Germany

 

NF

Nykjobing

Denmark

 

NG

Ditzum/Emden

Germany

 

NG

Nyborg

Denmark

 

NG

Nykoping

Sweden

 

NI

Nice

France

 

NI

Nieuwendam

Netherlands

 

NIE

Niendort

Germany

 

NK

Neskaupstadur

Iceland

 

NK

Nijkerk

Netherlands

 

NKG

Norrkoping

Sweden

 

NN

Newhaven

England

 

NO

Noirmoutier

France

 

NOR

Norddeich

Germany

 

NS

New Ross

Ireland

 

NS

Seydisfjordur

Iceland

 

NT

Nord-Trondelag

Norway

 

NTO

Nieuwe Tonge

Netherlands

 

NV

Nieuw Vossemeer

Netherlands

 

NW

Noordwijk

Netherlands

 

NZ

Nazare

Portugal

 

NZ

Terneuzen

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

O

Odense

Denmark

 

O

Olhao

Portugal

 

O

Oslo

Norway

 

O

Ostende

Belgium

 

Ø

Ostfold

Norway

 

OB

Oban

Scotland

Important ferry terminal for the Scottish Islands. Used by a number of fishing boats, but not a major fishing harbour - most of the boats use the remote port of Mallaig

OB

Brake

Germany

 

OD

Ouddrop

Netherlands

 

OD

Oost Duinkerke

Belgium

 

OBD

Oudenbosch

Netherlands

 

OE

Elsfleth

Germany

 

OF

Olafsfuordu

Iceland

 

OH

Oosthuizen

Netherlands

 

OK

Ouwerkerk

Netherlands

 

OK

Ornskoldsvik

Sweden

 

OL

Olhao

Portugal

 

OL

Oostdongeradel

Netherlands

 

OLA

Hallig

Germany

 

OLD

Oldersum

Germany

 

OLP

Olpenitz

Germany

 

ON

Oskarshamn

Sweden

 

ON

Nordenham

Germany

 

OO

Oosterland

Netherlands

 

OO

Oldenburg

Germany

 

OR

Wilhelmshaven

Germany

 

ORD

Ording

Germany

 

ORT

Orth

Germany

 

OS

Ossenisse

Netherlands

 

OTT

Otterndorf

Germany

 

OV

Oud Vossemeer

Netherlands

 

OV

Varel

Germany

 

OW

Wangeroog

Germany

 

OWS

O & W Souburg

Netherlands

 

OX

Bexen

Germany

 

OZ

Oostzaan

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

P

Paimpol

France

 

P

La Panne

Belgium

 

P

Portsmouth

England

 

PA

Pitea

Sweden

 

PAP

Papenburg

Germany

 

PC

Cranz an der Elbe

Germany

 

PD

Peterhead

Scotland

Biggest and most important fish landing port in Scotland. Large numbers of fishing boats both based here and visiting to land catches. Lots of good photo opportunities. (July 2003)

PD

Ponta Delgada

Portugal

 

PE

Peniche

Portugal

 

PE

Poole

England

Small but busy fishing harbour.  There is a good general view of the boats, but photography is a little difficult as boats are moored at marina type floating walkways, and access is through a locked security gate (June 2003)

PEH

Perth

Scotland

Historically, Perth aspired to be a port city, but it is so far upriver that it was never economic to base fishing boats here.

PEL

Pellworm

Germany

 

PET

Petkum

Germany

 

PG

Geestemunde

Germany

 

PGW

Port Glasgow

Scotland

See comments about Greenock. These two towns have merged as they expanded. Like Greenock, there is no longer any fishing fleet here

PH

Plymouth

England

 

PI

Philippine

Netherlands

 

PL

Paimpol

France

 

PL

Peel

Isle of Man

 

PM

Mallorca

Spain

 

PM

Portimao

Portugal

 Big fishing harbour and many boats (1983)

PM

Purmerend

Netherlands

 

PN

Preston

England

 

POG

Pogum

Germany

 

PR

Pernis

Netherlands

 

PS

Porto Santo

Portugal

 

PS

Sint Philipsind

Netherlands

 

PT

Douro

Portugal

 

PT

Port Talbot

Wales

 

PTF

 

Malta

MF and PTF = "Part time" fishing boat

F = "Full time" fishing boat

PU

Putten

Netherlands

 

PV

Poortvliet

Netherlands

 

PV

Port Vendres

France

 

PV

Povoa de Varzim

Portugal

 

PW

Padstow

England

 

PZ

Penzance

England

 

 

 

 

 

Q

Quarteira

Portugal

Many small boats use the beach here (1983)

QT

Quarteira

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

R

Ramsgate

England

 

R

Ribe

Denmark

 

R

Rogaland

Norway

 

R

Rostock

Germany

 

R

Rouen

France

 

RA

Rangarvalla

Iceland

 

RAD

Radeland

Germany

 

RAN

Rantum - Sylt

Germany

 

RD

Ransdorp

Netherlands

 

RE

Region Ecuatorial

Spain

Historic marks only. Territorial changes mean they are no longer valid 

RE

Regua

Portugal

 

RE

Reykjavik

Iceland

 

RG

Ribeira Grande

Portugal

 

RI

Ringkobing

Denmark

 

RL

Rilland

Netherlands

 

RN

Runcorn

England

 

RO

Ronne

Denmark

 

RO

Rotterdam

Netherlands

 

RO

Rothesay

Scotland

 Only a few fishing boats are based here

ROD

Rodenkirchen

Germany

 

ROS

Rostock

Germany

 

RP

de Rijp

Netherlands

 

RR

Rochester

England

 

RU

Rudkjobing

Denmark

 

RUG

Rugennealder Munde

Germany

 

RX

Rye

England

 

RY

Ramsey

Isle of Man

 

RY

Rannsby

Sweden

 

RYS

Rysum

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

S

Skagen

Denmark

 

S

Skibbereen

Ireland

 

SA

Amrum

Germany

 

SA

Sagres

Portugal

 

SA

Sandfor Sando-Syssel

Iceland

 

SA

Skelleftea

Sweden

 

SA

Swansea

Wales

 

SAL

Sint Annaland

Netherlands

 

SAS

Sassnitz

Germany

 

SB

Svaneke

Denmark

 

SB

Burgstaaken

Germany

 

SB

Sodertelje

Sweden

 

SB

Sesimbra

Portugal

 

SB

St. Brieuc

France

 

SC

Busum

Germany

 

SC

Scilly Islands

England

 

SCH

Scheveningen

Netherlands

 

SCHL

Schlutersiel

Germany

 

SCHLE

Schleswig

Germany

 

SCHLU

Schlutup

Germany

 

SCHÖN

Schonberger Strand

Germany

 

SD

Altona

Germany

 

SD

Friedrichskoog

Germany

 

SD

Stromstad

Sweden

 

SD

Sunderland

England

 

SDM

Schiedam

Netherlands

 

SE

Elmshorn Seester

Germany

 

SE

Salcombe

England

There is no harbour - boats lie at anchor in the estuary, and this can make photography difficult. The estuary is used by many pleasure craft, but there are only a few small fishing boats. Access to the shore by car is difficult during the summer tourist season - the streets are very narrow and congested and there is limited parking. (May 2000)

SE

Setubal

Portugal

 

SE

Sevilla

Spain

 

SE

Sodertetje

Sweden

 

SE

Svaneke

Denmark

 

SEE

Seestermuhe

Germany

 

SF

Santa Cruz, Flores

Portugal

 

SF

Skaptafells

Iceland

 

SF

Sogn og Fjordane

Norway

 

SG

Santa Cruz, Graciosa

Portugal

 

SG

Gluckstad

Germany

 

SG

Solveborg

Sweden

 

SG

Svendborg

Denmark

 

SH

Husum Heiligenhaven

Germany

 

SH

Scarborough

England

Good sized fishing harbour with a variety of fishing boat types. It is also a holiday resort, and in summer the harbour area has congested access and full car parks. Nearby Bridlington is similar

SH

Olafsvik Grundarfjordur Stykkisholmur

Iceland

 

SH

Schellinkhout

Netherlands

 

SI

Sidi Ifni

Spanish Morocco

Historic marks only. Territorial changes mean they are no longer valid 

SI

Scherpenisse

Netherlands

 

SI

Siglufjordur

Iceland

 

SIE

Sierksdorf

Germany

 

SK

Keitum Kiel

Germany

 

SK

Skagefjord

Iceland

 

SL

Stellendam

Netherlands

 

SL

Sundsvall

Sweden

 

SL

Travemunde

Germany

 

SLO

Sloten Friesland

Netherlands

 

SM

Muhlenberg Maasholm

Germany

 

SM

Sao Martinho do Porto

Portugal

 

SM

Shoreham

England

 

SM

Soderhamn

Sweden

 

SM

St. Malo

France

 

SM

Stockholm

Sweden

 

SMA

Smallingerland

Netherlands

 

SMD

St. Maartensdijk

Netherlands

 

SMH

St. Margarets Hope

Orkney Islands Scotland

Small village, and only a few small boats. Most boats on Orkney use the K for Kirkwall registration (1998)

SMI

Smilde

Netherlands

 

SN

North Shields

England

 Small but busy fishing harbour

SN

St. Nazare

France

 

SN

Schleswig Neustadt

Germany

 

SN

Soderhamn

Sweden

 

SN

Sines

Portugal

 

SNE

Sneek

Netherlands

 

SO

Sonderborg

Denmark

 

SO

Schleswig Niendorf

Germany

 

SO

Sligo

Ireland

 

SP

Pellworm

Germany

 

SP

Spaarndam

Netherlands

 

SPI

Spieka

Germany

 

SR

Kirkeby auf Rom Eckernforde

Germany

 

SR

Sao Roque, Pico

Portugal

 

SR

Stranraer

Scotland

 

SRN

Schermernorn

Netherlands

 

SS

St. Ives

England

 

SS

San Sebastian

Spain

 

SS

Wedel-Schulau

Germany

 

SSS

South Shields

England

 

ST

Stranda Syssel

Iceland

 

ST

Santander

Spain

 

ST

Sete

France

 

ST

Sor-Trondelag

Norway

 

ST

Stavoren

Netherlands

 

ST

Stockton

England

 

ST

Schleswig Tonning

Germany

 

STA

Stade

Germany

 

STEI

Stein

Steinberghaff

Germany

 

 

STL

Schoterland

Netherlands

 

STO

Stolpemunde

Germany

 

STO

Stoppeldijk

Netherlands

 

STRA

Strande

Germany

 

STRU

Strukkamp

Germany

 

St.B

St. Brieue

France

 

St.VC

St. Valery en Caux

France

 

St.VSS

St Valery sur Somme

France

 

SU

Schleswig Husum

Germany

 

SU

Southampton

England

 

SU

Sudurmula

Iceland

 

SV

Schleswig Hornum

Germany

 

SV

Stavenisse

Netherlands

 

SVG

Sas van Gent

Netherlands

 

SW

Wyk auf Fohr

Germany

 

SWI

Swinoujscie

Poland

 

SY

Stornoway

Western Islands Scotland

Most of the fishing fleet can be seen in the town of Stornoway. A few boats can be found in the small harbours all round these sparsely populated islands. A car is essential to get round these other harbours. (6/1998)

SY

Teufelsbruk

Germany

 

SX

Schleswig Helgoland

Germany

 

SZN

Szczecin

Poland

 

 

 

 

 

T

Tavira

Portugal

 

T

Thistead

Denmark

 

T

Tralee

Ireland

 

T

Troms

Norway

 

TA

Tarragona

Spain

 

TB

Ten Boer

Netherlands

 

TD

Tietjerksteradeel

Netherlands

 

TE

Tenerife

Spain

Lots of small boats in out of the way harbours and on beaches. Best to hire a car to get round the island to see them all. Some boats use the letters TF. It is not known if this is officially sanctioned or simply local practice. (7/1986)

TER

Terborg

Germany

 

TG

Trangisvaag

Faero Islands

 

TG

Trelleborg

Sweden

 

TH

Teignmouth

England

There are a few small fishing boats here, and photo opportunities are reasonable, although some boats moor in the estuary. (May 2000)

TH

Thingo Syssel

Iceland

 

TH

Tholen

Netherlands

 

TIM

Timmerdorfer Strand

Germany

 

TK

Telemark

Norway

 

TL

Toulon

France

 

TM

Termunten

Netherlands

 

TN

Thorshavn

Faeroe Islands

 

TN

Torshavn

Denmark

 

TN

Troon

Scotland

This is the main harbour and fish market for boats in the Firth of Clyde

TO

Truro

England

 

TOL

Tolkmicko

Poland

 

TÖN

Tonning

Germany

 

TR

Terschelling

Netherlands

 

TR

Tonder

Denmark

 

TR

Trafaria

Portugal

 

TR

Trouville

France

 

TRA

Travemunde

Germany

 

TT

Tarbert

Scotland

 

TV

Tavira

Portugal

 

TX

Texel

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

U

Umea

Sweden

 

UA

Uddevalla

Sweden

 

UBT

Uetersen

Germany

 

UD

Utingeradeel

Netherlands

 

UEK

Uekermunde

Germany

 

UK

Urk

Netherlands

 

UL

Ullapool

Scotland

The home of a small fishing fleet and the ferry terminal for the Western Islands, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Photography can be a little difficult as most views of the boats are looking into the sun. It is worth going further north to see the modern harbours at Lochinver and Kinlochbervie. (2001)

UM

Umea

Sweden

 

UPA

Upsala

Sweden

 

UST

Ustka

Poland

 

UQ

Usquert

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

V

Varde

Denmark

 

V

Veen

Netherlands

 

V

Vestfold

Norway

 

VA

Sandevaag

Faeroe Islands

 

VA

Valencia

Spain

 

VA

Vannes

France

 

VA

Vest - Agder

Norway

 

VAR

Varel

Germany

 

VC

Sahara Espanol

Spain

Historic marks only. Territorial changes mean they are no longer valid 

VC

Vila do Conde

Portugal

 

VD

Volendam

Netherlands

 

VE

Vejle

Denmark

 

VE

Veere

Netherlands

 

VE

Velas, S. Jorge

Portugal

 

VE

Vestmannaeyjar

Iceland

 

VF

Vila Franca do Campo

Portugal

 

VH

Venhuizen

Netherlands

 

VI

Viana do Castelo

Portugal

 

VI

Vigo

Spain

 

VILL

Villagarcia

Spain

 

VK

Vostervik

Sweden

 

VL

Vlaardingen

Netherlands

 

VLI

Vlissingen

Netherlands

 

VN

Vestmanhaven

Faeroe Islands

 

VN

Vollenhove

Netherlands

 

VP

Vila do Porto

Portugal

 

VR

Villa Real de Santo Antonio 

 Portugal

 

VS

Visby

Sweden

 

VV

Vila Praia da Vitoria

Portugal

 

VX

Vila Franca de Xira

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

W

Waterford

Ireland

 

WA

Whitehaven

England

 

WACK

Wackerballigau

Germany

 

WAN

Wanneperveen

Netherlands

 

WAR

Warder

Netherlands

 

WB

Wijmbritseradeel

Netherlands

 

WD

Wexford

Ireland

 

WDN

Wijdenes

Netherlands

 

WES

Westeraccumersiel

Germany

 

WF

Werveshoof

Netherlands

 

WFD

Wolfartskijk

Netherlands

 

WG

Warberg

Sweden

 

WH

Weymouth

England

 

WI

Wisbech

England

 

WIL

Wilhelmshaven

Germany

 

WIN

Winkel

Netherlands

 

WIS

Wischhaven Wismar

Germany

 

WK

Wick

Scotland

Large harbour, but only a small number of boats based here. Boats attempting the narrow harbour entrance in rough weather can frighten the spectators as much as the crew.

To see more fishing boats go about 50Km north to Scrabster (Thurso) - this is the ferry terminal for Orkney and a busy fishing port. (2003)

WK

Workum

Netherlands

 

WL

Westdongeradeel

Netherlands

 

WLA

Wladyslowowo

Poland

 

WM

Willemstad

Netherlands

 

WMD

Wemeldinge

Netherlands

 

WMH

Warmenhuizen

Netherlands

 

WN

Wigtown

Scotland

 

WO

Workington

England

 

WOE

Woensdrecht

Netherlands

 

WON

Wonseradeel

Netherlands

 

WR

Wieringen

Netherlands

 

WRE

Wremen

Germany

 

WRW

Wieringerwaard

Netherlands

 

WS

Wells

England

 

WSW

Westerschouwen

Netherlands

 

WT

Westport

Ireland

 

WU

Wilsum

Netherlands

 

WULF

Wulfen

Germany

 

WV

Wildervank

Netherlands

 

WW

Weststellingwerf

Netherlands

 

WY

Whitby

England

Important fishing harbour with varied types of boats. Also a holiday resort - like its neighbour Scarborough, the town centre and harbour area can be congested in the summer (August 1998)

WYK

Wyk auf Fohr

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Youghal

Ireland

 

YD

Ystad

Sweden

 

YE

Yerseke

Netherlands

 

YE

Isle D'Yeu

France

 

YH

Yaremouth

England

 

YT

Yist

Netherlands

 

YM

Ymuiden

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

Z

Zeebrugge

Belgium

 

ZA

Zaabdam

Netherlands

 

ZD

Zuidwolde

Netherlands

 

ZE

Zwolle

Netherlands

 

ZIJ

Zijpe

Netherlands

 

ZK

Zoutkamp

Netherlands

 

ZL

Zwaluwe

Netherlands

 

ZO

Zoutelande

Netherlands

 

ZS

Zwartsluis

Netherlands

 

ZU

Zuid Scharwoude

Netherlands

 

ZV

Zandvoort

Netherlands

 

ZVC

Zalk en Veecaten

Netherlands

 

ZW

Zwartewaal

Netherlands

 

ZZ

Zierikzee

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

5

Unknown 

Morocco

 

6

Casablanca

Morocco

 

 

 

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