Fishing Vessel Owners: Register Ahead of EU Exit

Local fishing vessel owners will need to register as ‘food businesses’, and have their vessel inspected by Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar to enable catch to be exported, either directly or indirectly, to Europe after EU-exit. 

Owners of Outer Hebrides registered vessels are urged to contact Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar’s Environmental Health team to register their vessels and make arrangements for their vessel to be inspected. This is a legal requirement for those vessels who intend to export their catch, either directly or indirectly, to any EU Member State after the end of the ‘transition period’ on 31st December 2020.

Exemptions apply if your catch is intended either for personal consumption, or it does not exceed 25kg and is for direct sale from the quayside.  Vessel owners are responsible for this registration process, and failure to do so may mean that their catches cannot be exported to EU member states at the end of the transition period.

Food Standards Scotland have also issued a letter (attached below) to all fishing vessel owners in Scotland.  

You can register as a food business by downloading the Food Premises Registration Form (151.8kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) and returning it to eh@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Inspections

Inspections can only be carried out at quayside and shouldn’t normally take more than 30-40 minutes.  Officers will be inspecting the vessels using a checklist based on the Food Standards Scotland Code of Practice Guidance (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

Contact

If you require further information please Contact Us (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

Forms and Documents

Food Premises Registration Form (151.8kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)  

Food Standards Scotland Letter (218.7kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Inspection Checklist (201.8kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Fishing Vessel Profile Template (67.1kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)