Levy and funding

Seafish is funded by a levy on the first sale of seafood products in the UK, including imported seafood.

Approximately 80% of our funding, therefore, comes in the form of levy collected from the seafood industry. A further 20% of our funding comes from earned income from projects we undertake on behalf of paying customers. Typically these organisations include both seafood companies commissioning research and development projects, or governments seeking bespoke advice into the economic and social impact of proposed policies.
Who pays the levy?
Seafish levy is due on all first-hand purchases of sea fish, shellfish, and sea fish products including fishmeal landed in the United Kingdom. A first-hand purchase takes place when product is purchased from:
A fisherman or boat owner - however when such a purchase is made through or via a fish salesman/auctioneer, payment of levy due to Seafish is made by them but is recoverable from the purchaser. It will normally be charged by the fish salesman/auctioneer as a separate item on their customer's sales invoices.
A foreign supplier - including direct imports, purchases made from UK cold stores; goods delivered duty paid; and purchases from EU countries, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Fish and shellfish farmers, growers and cultivators.
Levy is also due from any UK registered fishing vessel owner, fish and shellfish farmer, grower or cultivator who lands product in the United Kingdom for subsequent sale direct to a foreign customer, or who trans-ships product within British fishery limits.
Please note that levy is not charged on salmon and migratory trout. Levy is also not charged on canned or bottled fish, or sea fish products packed in a hermetically sealed container which is processed to inhibit microbial growth at ambient temperature.

Approximately 80% of our funding, therefore, comes in the form of levy collected from the seafood industry. A further 20% of our funding comes from earned income from projects we undertake on behalf of paying customers. Typically these organisations include both seafood companies commissioning research and development projects, or governments seeking bespoke advice into the economic and social impact of proposed policies. 

Who pays the levy?

Seafish levy is due on all first-hand purchases of sea fish, shellfish, and sea fish products including fishmeal landed in the United Kingdom. A first-hand purchase takes place when product is purchased from:

  • A fisherman or boat owner - however when such a purchase is made through or via a fish salesman/auctioneer, payment of levy due to Seafish is made by them but is recoverable from the purchaser. It will normally be charged by the fish salesman/auctioneer as a separate item on their customer's sales invoices.
  • A foreign supplier - including direct imports, purchases made from UK cold stores; goods delivered duty paid; and purchases from EU countries, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
  • Fish and shellfish farmers, growers and cultivators.

Levy is also due from any UK registered fishing vessel owner, fish and shellfish farmer, grower or cultivator who lands product in the United Kingdom for subsequent sale direct to a foreign customer, or who trans-ships product within British fishery limits.

Please note that levy is not charged on salmon and migratory trout. Levy is also not charged on canned or bottled fish, or sea fish products packed in a hermetically sealed container which is processed to inhibit microbial growth at ambient temperature.