Fisheries and Brexit Bulletin

5 March 2019                                                                            Issue 7



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Welcome to the seventh 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

Export Advisory Scheme


To help Welsh Seafood exporters to access EU and EU FTA markets post-Brexit, we have the export advisory scheme. This is both on a 1-2-1 basis and also via four seminars which will be held across Wales this March.

The scheme is free to participant companies and if you would like to arrange a 1-2-1 session please contact Laura Harris at

or Bill Jones (

Alternatively please come along to one of the seminars listed below

Welsh Government Holyhead office -18th March, 10:00 - 16:00

Welsh Government Llandudno Junction office - 19th March,

10:00 - 16:00

Welsh Government Milford Haven office - 20th March, 10:00 - 16:00

Newport (at Taste Wales Event) Celtic Manor Hotel - 21st March

Welsh Fishermen tell their story

‘Meet the Fishermen’ is a short film which introduces a handful of fishermen across Wales and explores their contribution to the Welsh seafood economy, past and present.

Its part of an awareness campaign being run and commissioned by the Welsh Seafood Cluster programme. The cluster is available to all seafood businesses operating in Wales and provides training and support for the whole sector, from fishermen, fishmongers, to merchants, aquaculture and hand gatherers.

The next Dive In training workshop on Bivalve Depuration is on

21 March 2019 in south Wales. For more information please contact

Preparing for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit


To help you prepare, we want to include UK guidance on a range of issues which you will face in a post-Brexit world.

  • UK businesses trading with the EU will need a UK EORI number to continue trading if the UK leaves with ‘no-deal’. How to get a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

  • How exporters of animals, animal products, fish, shellfish, crustaceans and fishery products should prepare if the UK leaves with ‘no-deal’.

  • Exporting live fish and shellfish - Certification

To check if you need a certificate to export live, fish, molluscs and crustaceans, please see guidance:

  • Exporting and importing fish if there’s no Brexit deal

Preparing for the processes for exporting and importing wild-caught marine fish if we leave the EU with ‘no-deal’.

  • Food labelling

Advice on the changes to food labels if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.


Other information

Preparing Wales Website

The Welsh Government has launched the Preparing Wales Website.

Questions and answers from the roadshows in January will be published on

 The Brexit Portal

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

Marine and Fisheries

The latest news from Marine and Fisheries Division is on our website

 Social Media




We are communicating with the Welsh fishing industry to help prepare for when the UK leaves the EU next March.

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