Buying and Selling Seafood – What’s Legal

If you’re a seafood supplier or work in the hospitality industry, don’t forget to make sure that the seafood you purchase can be traced back to a legal source.

Fish caught by unlicensed, unregistered vessels and shellfish harvested from unsafe areas are being offered for direct sale, increasing the risk of consumers eating unsafe, poor quality seafood. Illegal fish supply chains can also have a negative impact on the fishing industry, reducing the availability of a wider range of fish and causing prices to rise. It can also affect fish stocks for future generations.

Make sure you have a reputable supplier, not just for the sake of your customers’ health, but also for the sake of your business. Buying fish from a boat that is unlicensed or not registered for commercial fishing is a criminal offence.

Since 2005, the Registration of Buyers and Sellers (RBS) Scheme has been in operation, in accordance with legislation that specifies all buyers and sellers of first sale seafood are registered and all auction sites of first sale seafood are designated. The RBS Scheme allows for the monitoring and controlling of landings of fish and amounts being sold, with the purpose of ensuring fairer prices for all and access to fresh seafood.

To view the regulations in full, visit this link