The taking of fishery species by passive or active gear for trade, business or profit beyond subsistence or sports fishing, to be further classified as:
- Small scale commercial fishing - fishing with passive or active gear utilizing fishing vessels of 3.1 gross tons (GT) up to twenty (20) gross tons;
- Medium scale commercial fishing - fishing utilizing active gears and vessels of 20.1 GT up to one hundred fifty (150) GT; and
- Large scale commercial fishing -fishing utilizing active gears and vessels of more than one hundred fifty (150) GT.
General Provisions as per Fisheries Administrative Order No. 198 on Commercial Fishing Vessel / Gear and the persons eligible to apply
Section 2. License to Operate a Commercial Fishing Vessel / Gear
No person shall operate a commercial fishing vessel in Philippine waters without a license duly granted by the Bureau: Provided, That no such license shall be required of a fishing vessel engaged in scientific, research or educational purposes within Philippine waters pursuant to an international agreement of which the Philippine is a signatory and which agreement defines the status, privileges, and obligations of said vessel and its crew and the non-Filipino official of the international agency under which said vessel operates. Provided, further that before a commercial fishing vessel holding commercial fishing vessel license may begin fishing operations, the fishing gear that it will utilize in fishing shall be registered and the corresponding license issued by this Bureau.
Section 3. Persons eligible to Apply for CFVGL
a. Citizens of the Philippines; and
b. Corporations, partnerships, or associations and cooperatives duly registered in the Philippines at least sixty percent (60%) of the capital stock of which is owned by Filipino Citizens.