Fisheries and Brexit Bulletin

15 February 2019                                                                    Issue 6



Welcome to the sixth edition of the Fisheries and Brexit Bulletin. As the UK prepares to leave the EU, it is a time of great change and uncertainty for the fishing industry.

We intend this bulletin will;

  • Help you understand the implications of Brexit on the fishing industry in Wales;
  • Assist you in preparing your business for 29 March 2019 when we leave the EU;
  • Let you know what support is available, to help you and your business make the transition.

We want to encourage as many people as possible to sign up online at

Postponed from 31 January

Burry Port Roadshow is now on 18 February 2019


burry port

The roadshow will be held at Burry Port Yacht Club, SA16 0ER. The session will start by 17:00 and last up to 2 hours. No need to register, just turn up.

Feedback from Fisheries and Brexit Roadshows

Thank you to everyone who attended the workshops across Wales. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

  • Is there any help the Welsh Government could give on compensating for not fishing?

We are considering support options across a range of sectors although it is very unlikely that any government intervention will be able to wholly mitigate the serious implications of a 'no deal' Brexit.

  • Instead of using Environment Health Officers, could there be another knowledgeable person signing off?

No. An official vet or local authority environmental health officer will need to sign the EHC for fisheries products.   

  • Existing exports are not checked very regularly by EHOs, will this change?

Every export will need to be checked. The EU require these checks to be made, otherwise the UK could loose its certification. 

  • If I am exporting to several customers, does each customer need a different Export Health Certificate?

No, consolidation of loads is possible, but full (officially sanctioned) traceability is required from the place of production or landing. It is for the industry to organise the logistics in the most effective way possible.

  • How does catch certification work for multiple vessels catching?

Fishers complete an online catch certificate form for each consignment of fish. If you’re exporting fish that came from multiple vessels, you’ll need to specify quantities from each vessel. 

  • How will merchants be able to segregate by boat when supply is aggregated?

You’ll complete an online catch certificate form for each consignment of fish. If you’re exporting fish that came from multiple vessels, you’ll need to specify quantities from each vessel.

  • How would tariffs work?

A tariff is a tax on imports which is paid to the customs authority of the country imposing the tariff. Although tariffs are a border-tax on the buyer, not the seller, they make it more expensive for the buyer to import goods into the country, which can impact upon the profit margins of the exporter and the price paid by the consumer. 

  • Do Canadian imports have to go through a Border Inspection Post (BIP) in EU?

Yes, Canada still faces significant barriers to trade with the EU. Canadian exports must meet Single Market rules in order to enter the European market, and checks take place at the border to ensure they meet the right product standards. Goods of animal and plant origin are tested at border inspection posts, and regulated goods, such as chemicals, must be granted prior approval.

More questions and answers will be published shortly on


A step-by-step guide to exporting

Guidance on the key actions you need to take to continue trading with EU businesses in the event of no-deal Brexit.


The Welsh Government has been working with colleagues from across the UK to ensure legislation is in place in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’. They are important because they will allow us to continue trading with the EU. We are working to have this legislation in place by 29 March 2019 including;

  • Ensuring UK and Welsh legislation still meet the international requirements of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). UNCLOS sets regulation for, amongst other things, the management of fisheries.
  • Maintaining high marine and environmental standards as well as sustainable fishing practices.
  • Ensuring that any foreign fishing vessels fishing in Welsh waters are subject to UK or Welsh legislation.
  • Working with Devolved Administrations on the UK Fisheries Bill. This will allow us to move away from the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, whilst co-operating with the EU and other coastal states on the sustainable management of fish stocks which cross borders.

Useful information for the industry is included in the environment and agriculture section

Preparing Wales Website

Welsh Government has launched the Preparing Wales Website. It contains lots of information to help you get ready for day 1.

 The Brexit Portal

To help your business mitigate the risks and identify the challenges and opportunities, please see the toolkit which provides help to you in preparing



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