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Weighing of Fishery Products Guidelines

The Control Regulation allows for the weighing of fishery products at the place of landing, onboard a permitted fishing vessel or after transport.
The EU Commission has approved an Irish Control Plan for the weighing of fishery products after transport to a permitted premises in Ireland (Article 61 (1) of Council Regulation EC 1224/2009).
The EU Commission approved the sampling plans for weighing of landings of fishery products landed into Ireland (Art 60 (1) of Council Regulation EC 1224/2009) and weighing of landings of fishery products landed into Ireland which have been weighed onboard a permitted fishing vessel.
The SFPA wishes to provide Industry with information that will help to manage and comply with the weighing of fisheries products.
Please engage with your local Port Office if you require additional information or clarification on any of the information provided on this page.

Control Plan Article 61(1) of Council Regulation 1224/2009 - EFFECTIVE from 01st Jan 2023

The control plan allows for Ireland’s fisheries sector to benefit from a derogation under regulation Article 61 of Control Regulation 1224/2009, which will provide an exemption from weighing on landing for 95% of pelagic landings and a proportion of demersal fish landings.  Should operators wish to avail of the derogation, the Control Plan facilitates for the weighing of the vast majority of fish after road transport in permitted establishments, unless directed otherwise at landing by a Sea-Fisheries Protection Officer of the SFPA.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Irish Control Plan - Providing for fishery products to be weighed after transport to a destination in Ireland

Sampling Plan for weighing of landings of fishery products landed into Ireland

Sampling Plan for weighing of landings of fishery products landed into Ireland which have been weighed onboard

 

Application Form for Permit to Weigh After Transport

This application form is for operators seeking a permit to weigh fishery products after transport from place of landing which is derogated for in Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, Article 61 (1). A Weigh Permit only applies to the weighing of fishery products being landed and transported within the Republic of Ireland.

Weigh Permit Application Form

Application Form for Approval for Weighing Systems to Weigh on Landing

This application form is for operators seeking approval for weighing equipment or systems in line with Regulation 12(1) of S.I. 54/2016 – Sea Fisheries (Community Control System) Regulations 2016 and Article 60(1) of (EC) 1224/2009. Under these Regulations, an operator shall not use any equipment or system for weighing a fishery product unless it is approved by the Legal Metrology Service and the SFPA and complies with Article 72 of (EU) 404/2011.

 

Weighing System Application Form

 

NSAI Legal Metrology - Weighing System Requirements

National Sampling Plan 60 (1) EU 1224/2009 - Weighing on Landing

Article 60(1) of Council Regulation 1224/2009
Sampling Plan for weighing of landings of fishery products landed into Ireland.

National Sampling Plan 60 (3) EU 1224/2009 - Weighing Onboard

Article 60(3) of Council Regulation 1224/2009
Sampling Plan for weighing of landings of fishery products landed into Ireland which have been weighed onboard a permitted fishing vessel

Sampling Plan Art 60(3) EU 1224/2009 (Weighing Onboard)​

IRL Common Control Programmes with France and Belgium

Common Control Programmes

The EU Commission has approved Common Control Programmes between Ireland & France and Ireland & Belgium. 

Download links to EU Common Control Programmes that aim to boost sea fisheries conservation.

IRL-BEL Common Control Programme

IRL-FRA Common Control Programme