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IFCA advises on 'No deal' catch certificate

The Isles of Scilly Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority has advised that most fish and fish products will need a catch certificate to trade with the EU if there is a 'no deal' Brexit.

In a report for January 24th's IFCA meeting, Chief Fisheries Officer Tom Hooper quoted a statement from DEFRA outlining arrangements potentially coming in at the end of March.

He wrote: "The fishing industry is being encouraged to start preparing their businesses for EU Exit to ensure they can continue to import and export fish and fish products, once the UK leaves the EU. However, the Government must prepare for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario.

"From 29 March 2019, in the event of a no deal, most fish and fish products will require a catch certificate for import or export between the UK and EU. This also applies to fishermen who land fish directly into EU ports.

"Catch certificates prove that fish has been caught in line with established conservation and management measures. All non-EU countries are required to present catch certificates when trading with the EU."

The Marine Management Organisation is consulting on the introduction of catch recording for under-10m vessels. It says on its website: "Our aim is not to introduce more reporting for its own sake, but to support our plan to develop a sustainable fishing industry for the future."

The Isles of Scilly IFCA recently successfully prosecuted the owner and master of a Cornish crabbing vessel for fishing inside the islands' IFCA district.

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