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Fisheries after Brexit (commercial fishing, landing and exporting)

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.

This page will be updated to give the latest facts. Keep checking back for new information.

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 information

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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