Guidance

Buyers and sellers of first-sale fish and submission of sales notes

Who can fish commercially, who can buy and sell first-sale fish, how to report sales information.

Documents

RBS4 Explanatory notes

Takeover template

Blank sales note

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Obligations Applicable to Buyers and Sellers of First-Sale Fish

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Obligations regarding Sales Notes

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Guidance on how to sell your catch direct

Due to the government regulation regarding Covid-19 we are working from home. Applications for RBS should be scanned/photographed to Registrationof.BuyersandSellersRBS@defra.gov.uk and also posted to the Preston office.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have received questions on the rules around selling your catch direct. We have produced the following guidance document to guide fishers through this process - How to sell your catch direct

If you want to fish commercially and sell your fish you may be subject to regulations depending on your fishing method. If you are fishing recreationally or using a charter vessel you are also subject restrictions on selling your catch.

If you want to purchase fish you may need to register and submit sales information to the fisheries authority. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) registers buyers and sellers operating in England.

Published 7 April 2016
Last updated 7 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added two obligations pdfs Commerical and Rec - Updated to new terminology RBS3, RBS4 and RBS5 updated. Takeover Template updated RB1 Updated Step by Step guide updated

  2. New guidance added for Registration of Buyers and Sellers (RBS) Frequently Asked Questions & Step by Step guide

  3. Attachments amended in line with .GOV guidelines on accessibility

  4. Updated with guidance on how to sell catch direct to the public

  5. Forms updated

  6. Link added

  7. Blank buyer sales note added

  8. Address details updated

  9. page updated

  10. First published.