Transfer of Product Between Fishing Vessels Requires MFish Approval

The transfer of product between vessels at sea requires the prior approval of the Ministry of Fisheries under s.110 of the Fisheries Act. It had previously been thought that the need for such approvals was restricted to large vessels transhipping outside of the zone, however this is not the case. Section 110, in fact requires a pre-approval for all transhipments.

It is common practice for vessels to transfer product at sea, and record this transaction in catch effort returns with the destination code of T. Please be aware that such transfers require an approval under s.110.

MFish sent a letter to SeaFIC outlining its position on this matter. It is important that anybody undertaking any form of transhipment is familiar with the MFish position on this subject.