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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 interim 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) until the 31st December 2022.
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.

Interim Weighing of Fishery Products Control Plan 61 (1) EU 1224/2009

Article 61(1) of Council Regulation 1224/2009
 

Weighing of Fishery Products Control Plan
 

Providing for fishery products to be weighed after transport to a destination in Ireland

EU Commission has agreed to extend approval* of the interim Irish Sea-Fisheries Control Plan for the weighing of fishery products after transport to SFPA permitted premises until the 31st December 2022.

*Since the 1st of January of this year an interim Control Plan facilitating post-transport weighing of all fishery product landed to Ireland at specifically permitted establishments, has been in operation. The EU Commission’s approval of that interim plan was scheduled to expire on the 30th April 2022. It has now been extended to December 31st, 2022. Approval of the plan is provided for by DG-Mare of the European Commission under Article 61 (1).

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

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

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

 

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

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

Sampling Provisions for Full Inspection of Catches