The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. This process is often known as 'Brexit'.
The UK Government and the EU have now agreed a deal on their future relationship. From 1 January 2021 this new relationship with the EU will begin.
There will be effects on some areas of life in Scotland. This may include changes to the fishing industry.
Regulations for 2020
Your current regulatory obligations under the Common Fisheries Policy and marine environment legislation remain in full effect throughout 2020. There are no changes to your operational reporting requirements or obligations.
If you have any queries about your ongoing obligations, contact your local fisheries office in the first instance.
Get an IMO number
You'll need to have an IMO number to fish in EU waters if your vessel is:
- 100 gross tons or above
- or, 12 metres long or more
You can find out how to get an IMO number and register it with the Single Issuing Authority on GOV.UK.
Get an EORI number to export seafood to the EU
To be able to export seafood to the EU, you'll need to have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
You can find out how to get an EORI number to export seafood on GOV.UK.
Scottish Government guidance on Brexit for fisheries
The Scottish Government has created guidance that explains the new requirements you'll have to follow if you:
- fish in UK waters and land in the EU
- export non-UK 'third country' fish to the EU
- fish in UK waters, land in the UK and send your catch to the EU
Marine Scotland have also created some webinars to help seafood businesses prepare for Brexit.
More details about fisheries in Scotland will be added to this page as new information on Brexit is available.
Meanwhile, you can get more information about the impact of Brexit on Scottish fisheries from:
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