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Weighing of Fishery Products Guidelines

The Control Regulation requires the weighing of all fishery products at the place of landing before those products are transported, held in storage or sold.
The EU Commission revoked the Irish Control Plan for the weighing of fishery products after transport (Article 61 (1) of Council Regulation EC 1224/2009) on the 13th April 2021 with immediate effect.  The SFPA wishes to provide Industry with information that will help to manage and comply with the new scenario of weighing all fisheries products on landing.
Please engage with your local Port Office if you require additional information or clarification on any of the information provided on this page.

Consultation on Control Plan: Weighing of fish after transport

The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority is advising interested parties that a revised control plan for a derogation to weigh fish after transport has been drafted and invite submissions on the document prior to it being finalised and submitted to the EU Commission for consideration.
Please note that submissions received will not be responded to, but their receipt will be acknowledged. Submissions will be collated with a view to informing the final document to be submitted to the EU Commission. Personal, confidential or commercially sensitive information should not be included in your submission. Submissions should be limited to the following:
  • Content
  • Scope
  • Implementation
The consultation process remains open until 18th June and submissions are welcome from any interested parties. You are invited to email your submission to sfpaoperations@sfpa.ie
 

 

60(1) Weighing Sample Plan Version 2021 v1 3

 

Control Plan Derogation 2021 v1 5

 

Commission Implementing Decision_Revoke 61(1) Weighing after transport

 

 

 

 

Weighing System Application Form

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

Guidance Presentation - Weighing at Landing

Please see guidance presentation to provide you with information that will help you manage and comply with the new scenario of weighing of all fisheries products on landing.  Please engage with your local SFPO/SPO if you need additional information or clarification on this information document.

Guidance Presentation for Industry - Weighing at Landing

FAQs for Industry - Weighing of Fishery Products at Landing

The SFPA wishes to provide you with information that will help you manage and comply with the new scenario of weighing of all fisheries products on landing.  Please engage with your local SFPO/SPO if you need additional information or clarification on this information document.

 

FAQs - Weighing of Fishery Products at Landing

 

 

 

 

Fisheries Information Notice 03-2021 Weighing of Fishery Products

The SFPA issues Fishery Information Notices (FINs) on fisheries legislation in order to provide interpretation of some of the more complex elements of the legislation.

The contents of FINs are provided as a guide only and are intended to enhance access to information for the fishing industry.

This is Fisheries Information Notice 03-2021 - Weighing of Fisheries Products, please see link below to download.

FIN 03-2021 Weighing of Fishery Products

 

Revocation of National Control Plan for Weighing after transport

 

The EU Commission revoked the Irish Control Plan for the weighing of fishery products after transport (Article 61(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009). This is being implemented with immediate effect.

Commission Implementing Decision – Revocation of Article 61(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2209

 

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

National Sampling Plans, which under certain circumstances, permit derogation from the requirement for weighing all fishery products on landing.

National Sampling Plan for Weighing on Landing

 

The Sampling Plan allows for a situation where not all of the catch must be weighed on landing provided that the fishery products are landed in standardised boxes; in such cases, a representative sample may be used. The size of the representative sample is determined on the basis of a risk assessment.

This  does not apply to some species, namely pelagic species subject to the provisions of Art 78 of 404/2011; species that are always weighed after landing, e.g. blue whiting and boarfish, tuna, monkfish (ANF), lobster and crayfish; and all the fishery products not stored in standardised boxes, including those stored in bulk.

Sampling Plan Art 60 (1) EU 1224/2009 

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

National Sampling Plans, which under certain circumstances, permit derogation from the requirement for weighing all fishery products on landing.

National Sampling Plan for Weighing on Landing

The Weighing Onboard Sampling Plan applies the principles of sampling where the master is approved to weigh onboard.

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

Notice to Weigh on Landing

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) may require that certain pelagic species (mackerel, horse mackerel, herring and blue whiting) landing in excess of 10 tonnes are weighed in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) 1224/2009 Article 60 (6). In support of this, where a vessel is required to weigh upon landing written notification by means of “A Notice to Weigh” form will be issued to the operator responsible for weighing of fisheries products on landing and prior to transport.

The Notice to Weigh on Landing that will be issued to the operators is available here in electronic PDF format.

Notice to Weigh