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The onshore management of fish brought ashore in compliance with the Landing Obligation

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If you bring waste fish ashore in compliance with the Landing Obligation, there are only certain ways it can be disposed of.

Undersized fish landed in compliance with the Landing Obligation may not be sold for direct human consumption.

Non-human consumption markets include:

  • fish meal
  • fish oil
  • bait
  • pet food
  • pharmaceuticals
  • cosmetics.

Where fish is not handled in a human consumption chain, it must comply with the Animal By Products Regulations. Guidance on how to follow these rules may be found at gov.uk (external link).

Guidance for ports, agents and other businesses can also be found at gov.uk (external link).

Please bear in mind when viewing this content that in relation to Wales, Welsh Government perform both the management and enforcement roles undertaken in England by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Marine Management Organisation respectively.

Welsh Government has brought together a range of stakeholders with an interest in the onshore management of waste fish. Initially, it is unlikely much waste fish will be landed in Wales in compliance with the Landing Obligation. However, this group will meet as necessary to review the developing position.