Third Country Landings & Transhipment Notifications 

The IUU Regulations provide an improved framework for port state control, allowing EU Member State authorities to better monitor and supervise incoming fishing vessels and their catches. 

Prior Notification & Pre Landing Declaration Documents

In Ireland there are 2 Designated Ports, namely Killybegs in Co. Donegal, and Castletownbere, in Co. Cork. These can be accessed for services, landings and transhipments, by third country fishing vessels. These will only be authorised when "prior notification" and a "Pre Landing Declaration": are submitted to the respective competent authority, giving a minimum of 4 hours prior notice. These documents should be typed and not handwritten, for ease of understanding and clarity. Once completed, they should be emailed to Ireland's Fisheries Monitoring Centre (FMC) at Respective validated Catch Certificates must be submitted at time of Prior Notification/Pre Landing Declaration also, and should be sent to Irelands FMC, for onward transmission to the intended designated port of landing. You will be notified by email with the intentions of the SFPA Port Staff as to whether you are sanctioned to land, or to wait upon the arrival of Fisheries Inspectors.

Prior Notification Document for Third Country Vessels (Article 2(2) 1010/2009)

Prior Notification Document for Third Country Vessels (Article 2(1) 1010/2009)

Pre Landing Declaration for Third Country Vessels


Port State Control - NEAFC

NEAFC Port State Control procedures apply to the use of ports of NEAFC Contracting Parties by foreign fishing vessels (including fish processing vessels and vessels engaged in transhipment), with catch on board of fisheries resources [1] that have been caught in the NEAFC Convention Area by foreign fishing vessels [2] and that have not been previously landed or transhipped at a port. PSC procedures apply to both fresh, frozen resources and other resources.

[1]"Fishery resources" means resources of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and including sedentary species, excluding, in so far as they are dealt with by other international agreements, highly migratory species listed in Annex I of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, and anadromous stocks; (Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in North-East Atlantic Fisheries [NEAFC Convention] Article 1.2)

[2] NEAFC Scheme of Control and Enforcement Article 1 Definitions

  1. “fishing vessel” means any vessel used or intended for use for the purposes of the commercial exploitation of fisheries resources, including fish processing vessels and vessels engaged in transhipment;
  2. “foreign fishing vessel” means a fishing vessel flying the flag of another Contracting Party;

Use this site to send any Prior Notifications of Entry Into Port (Forms PSC1 and PSC2) to designated ports in the NEAFC Convention Area.


Transhipment Declaration 

For transhipment operations to take place within a designated port in Ireland, a Prior Notification and validated Catch Certificate must have been provided (see above) to the respective competent authority. Once the latter has been completed a pre-transhipment declaration must be submitted, at least four hours before the intended transhipment operation time. The Pre-Transhipment Declaration should be typed and not handwritten, for ease of understanding and clarity. Once completed, it should be emailed to Ireland's FMC at for onward transmission.

Pre-Transhipment Declaration for Third Country Vessels


Designated Ports

Ireland has two ports that permit landings and transhipment operations of fishery products for third country vessels in accordance with Article 5 (2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008. These ports are Killybegs and Castletownbere.