Fisheries after Brexit (commercial fishing, landing and exporting)

Last updated: 22 November 2019

The UK may be leaving the European Union on or before 31 January 2020.

Brexit may have an effect on the way you live in Scotland.

This may include changes to fishing industry requirements.

Brexit has not happened, and many of the details are not yet known or are regularly changing. This page gives the most up-to-date information, but it will be added to and changed over time, so please keep checking back for updates.

The EU has different fishing requirements for 'third countries' (countries not in the EU). If the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement (a 'no deal' situation), Scottish fisheries will have to follow these requirements.

The Scottish Government has created information booklets that explain the new requirements you will 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

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:

The content on this site is correct as of today's date and is based on the information available at this time. Regular updates will be made as the Brexit process develops. In the event of a 'no deal', additional advice and information will be given on this site. Please continue to check back for updates.