Fisheries after Brexit (commercial fishing, landing and exporting)

Last updated: 20 December 2019

The UK will leave the European Union on 31 January 2020. We'll then enter a 'transition period' that's likely to last until the end of December 2020. During this period the UK will still follow EU rules.

Brexit will have an effect on some areas of life in Scotland.

This may include changes to the fishing industry.

Brexit has not happened yet, and many of the details are not yet known. This page gives the latest facts, but it will be updated as more details are confirmed. Please keep checking back for new information.

The EU has different fishing requirements for 'third countries' (countries not in the EU). If the transition period ends before an EU trade deal has been agreed (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.