Guidance

Record your catch

Create and submit catch records for all English and Welsh under 10 metre (U10m) flag vessels that fish in UK waters.

Overview

Use this service to create and submit catch records for all English and Welsh under 10 metre (U10m) flag vessels that fish in UK waters.

You can use this service if you are a:

  • vessel owner
  • skipper

If you are a member of a producer organisation you should not use the online record your catch service and should continue to record your catch using a paper logbook.

Please note that this does not apply to members of the Coastal Producer Organisation owing to the fact that they do not currently hold delegated quota management responsibilities on behalf of their members.

All U10m flag vessels need to record their catch. The information is used to help UK fishing authorities manage fishing levels in a sustainable way.

This service replaces:

  • the NEP1 form
  • the MSAR1 form, however, depending on your location, local IFCAs may require additional information
  • the requirement to complete a log book when leasing fish quota and/or when fishing in 2 ICES areas (currently IVc/VIId and VIId/VIIe)

How to get an invite and register

How to get an invite

Vessel owners

You should receive an invite email. When you receive the invite email depends on your vessel size. You will have a period of time to register and begin using the service before your licence condition is applicable

Skippers

To get an invite email contact the owner of the vessel you work on.

How to register

Vessel owners

When you register you’ll be asked to add the ports and gear you normally use and the species you catch for each of your vessels.

Adding this information before your trip makes it quicker to create a catch record. You’ll only need to do this once and you can change it in the future.

You can also add skippers to create catch records on your behalf.

Skippers

When you register you’ll be asked for your address and contact number.

What to record

You must create a catch record for everything you catch on every fishing trip.

You’ll be asked for information about your trip and the live weight of what you’ve caught.

Weights can be converted to live weights by multiplying them by a conversion factor.

If you catch quota species or species subject to catch limits all sizes of fish must be recorded unless exemptions apply.

Please see attached this guidance on how to correctly complete a Catch Record which also includes hints and tips on recording sub rectangles and species.

Catch Recording Guidance

You’ll be also asked for the area, the statistical sub rectangle, where the majority of your catch was caught.

ICES Sub Rectangle: North East

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ICES Sub Rectangle: East

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ICES Sub Rectangle: South West

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When to record your catch

If you catch species subject to quotas or catch limits

You may now legally submit your catch records for quota species online, via the catch app or website, on landing before removal from port of landing to point of sale.

If you catch species not subject to quotas or catch limits

You must create a catch record within 24 hours of landing your catch. If after returning to port you land non-quota species or species not subject to catch limits and retain any of them on board or in keep pots for landing at another time, you must create a catch record that lists the species retained and the weight in kgs when you create the catch record.

If you catch a mixture of species subject to quotas or catch limits and species not subject to quotas or catch limits

You must create a catch record before you move your catch off the boat.If after returning to port you land non-quota species or species not subject to catch limits and retain quota species or species subject to catch limits on board for landing at another time, you must create a catch record that lists the species retained and the weight in kgs, prior to the landing of any species.

Catches of less than 10kg of species subject to quotas or catch limits from vessels deploying shellfish pots only

If you are landing less than 10kg of species subject to quotas or catch limits as part of a landing of shellfish from pots only, you will not be required to record your whole catch before landing. However, you must create a catch record, recording all species individually, within 24 hours of landing your catch.

Landing shellfish to store pots

If you complete a fishing trip where you are landing directly to a store pot, you should complete and submit the catch record for what you have placed into the store pot. The catch recording service has a section for recording the shellfish placed into store pots.

You are not required to complete a separate catch record when you empty the store pot.

If on the same trip you fish, or are present, in ICES area 4c and 7d, or 7d and 7e

You must create a catch record each time you cross the ICES boundary between these areas. You will need to use the apple or android app to create your catch record offline.

If you cross an ICES area while fishing

You must create a separate catch record for each ICES Area you have fished in. These must be created before you move your catch off the boat if you are catching quota species or species with catch limits, or within 24 hours of landing if you are catching only species not subject to quotas or catch limits. If you catch a mixture of species subject to quotas or catch limits and species not subject to quotas or catch limits, you must create the catch records before you move your catch off the boat.

Where to record your catch

You can record your catch on the web or you can download the Android or Apple app. The app allows you to record your catch in an area without a mobile signal.

You can get help to create a catch record if you do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the service online.

Start recording your catch

You can only use this service if you are a:

  • vessel owner of a licensed under 10 metre flag vessel
  • skipper who has been given permission by a vessel owner of a licensed under 10 metre vessel

Start now

Before you start

You will need:

  • to have already have an invite and be registered to use the catch recording service
  • your email address and password to sign in

Get help

Contact centre

A contact centre is available. Phones will be staffed from 9am until 5pm. Monday to Friday. At other times, the contact centre will run an automated service and fishers will be able to leave catch records over the phone. The contact centre number is 0300 0203 788.

Videos

These short videos provide step-by-step guides to the new service:

Further information is available in questions and answers from the consultation.

Published 30 August 2019
Last updated 27 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Catch recording guidance added to page.

  2. Catch update 30/09

  3. Change to contact center staffing hours

  4. Guidance updated

  5. Contact centre phone number added

  6. Updated guidance added

  7. First published.