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Buying seafood in Wales

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‘Innovative’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘award winning’ are just a few words that can be used to describe seafood from Wales.

From the lobster pots of Anglesey and the Mussel beds of the Menai to the scallops of Cardigan Bay and seaweed from Swansea, there is something for everyone in Wales.

Seafood and shellfish have long been finding their way out of Wales. Lobsters from The Lobster Pot on Anglesey are currently on menus in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Vancouver and New York.

Wales is no stranger to innovative, award winning products from the sea either. At the 2015 Great Taste Awards, Welsh winners included Crispy Seaweed Snacks from Selwyn’s of Penclawdd, along with Juniper Smoked Sea Salt and Oak Smoked Water from Halen Môn.

Buying first sale sea fish and shellfish

If you buy first sale fish directly from a vessel, you may be required to register as a buyer.

The Registration of Fish Buyers and Sellers and Designation of Fish Auction Sites (Wales) Regulations 2006 came into force on 9th June 2006. Sellers of first sale fish at auctions must register, as well as buyers.

Do you:

  • buy first sale fish direct from a vessel or agent for commercial purposes
  • own or operate a fish market where first sale fish are sold by competitive bidding and are physically present for inspection
  • sell first sale fish by competitive bidding at a fish market.

Further information, application forms and explanatory leaflets are available in the guidance below. If you have any questions please contact the Milford Haven Fisheries Office:



Welsh Government has produced a guidance booklet that can be viewed and downloaded below, along with a poster outlining the common fish and shellfish species offered for sale in Wales, their minimum catch sizes and the methods for measuring them.

Seafish also provides guidance on registration of buyers and sellers.

The registration forms are issued from the Fish Register.