Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (983)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

983. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if there will be a derogation for scallop fishermen who are fishing off the southern coast of the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6421/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The rules for landings of Live Bivalve Molluscs (LBM) into Great Britain (GB) are set down by the UK authorities. While exempt from IUU requirements, the SPS allowance to directly-land fishery products does not include Live Bivalve Molluscs, e.g. wild-caught scallops.

From January until April, Irish vessels may land such products to NEAFC-designated UK ports subject to NEAFC requirements and controls. However, from 1st April 2020, direct landings by Irish vessels of such product to GB ports may not occur. After 1st April, Irish vessels may land such products to e.g. Northern Ireland ports subject to NEAFC controls, or to any EU port.

Such products may be exported to GB as consignments from an Irish approved food establishment accompanied by the appropriate UK Health Certificate. The United Kingdom position from 1st April 2021 replicates the EU position regarding Live Bivalve Molluscs landings by a Third Country vessel into the EU.