To: All Fishing Vessel Owners in Scotland

To: All Fishing Vessel Owners in Scotland

EU Exit – Registration and Inspection of Fishing Vessels

Action Required – Contact your Local Authority as soon as possible

If your catch is exported, either directly or indirectly, to any EU Member State at the end of the “Transition Period” set for 31st December 2020, you must contact your Local Authority (LA) Environmental Health Department, to register as a food business with them, and make arrangements to have your vessel/s inspected by LA officers.

It must be recognised the responsibility to register with, and have your vessel inspected by the relevant LA, rests with you, and failure to do so will result in your catch being unable to be exported to EU member states at the end of the transition period.

This is a legal requirement and applies to all vessels (including crustacean fisheries e.g. lobster and crab). However, there is an exemption if your catch is intended either solely for your own consumption, or it does not exceed 25 kgs., and is for direct sale from the quayside.

The appropriate LA to contact is where your vessel has designated as its’ “home port” i.e. if your “home port” is Peterhead, the appropriate LA is Aberdeenshire. For ease of communication, details of contact e-mail addresses for all LA’s are included below.

Every reasonable effort will be made by LA officers to inspect your vessel without interrupting your fishing activities however, it is hoped that, with your co-operation, inspections can begin and be concluded as soon as possible.

By registering your vessel/s with the appropriate LA, you will allow your data to be used both by the LA and Food Standards Scotland (FSS), as part of records contained within the Scottish National Database (SND) which is managed centrally by FSS. The SND data protection Impact Assessment here, provides further information on how we protect the personal data that we collect from you.

Thank you for your assistance in this urgent matter.

Yours faithfully

Patrick Smyth,

Head of Import/Export, Food Standards Scotland


Local Authority Email Addresses


LA Email Address
Aberdeen City
Argyll & Bute
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar
Dumfries & Galloway
East Lothian
North Ayrshire
Scottish Borders
South Ayrshire