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Publication InformationRelease DateFile Type

Protected Marine Wildlife Species

Mark Gray

All sea birds, and over 30 marine animal species, are legally protected in the UK wherever they are found. • Wildlife protection laws have been strengthened. Harming these protected wildlife species may now be a criminal offence, resulting in a fine of up to £5,000 and up to six months in prison. • Additional protection measures apply to wildlife in special areas around the UK, which are designated ‘safe havens’ for marine wildlife. • This Guidance Note will tell you which marine wildlife species are protected in the UK, and how to work with the authorities to help to protect wildlife, and stay the right side of the law.

October 2008Download PDF

Guidance Note - Protected Wildlife Sites

Mark Gray

There are more than 7000 protected wildlife sites in the UK, and many of these extend to the coast and inshore waters. • Some fishing activities may not have a significant impact on wildlife, some might need to be restricted in certain areas, but if so, it may be possible to find wildlife-friendly ways to keep working. • Breaking wildlife laws can result in a criminal prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000. • This Guidance Note will tell you about the protected wildlife sites in the UK, and how to work with the authorities to stay the right side of the law.

January 2008Download PDF

Good manufacturing practice guidelines - Live bivalves workbook

Mandy Pyke

Seafish have produced this workbook to assist live bivalve shellfish operators in producing a high quality, safer live bivalve in compliance with legal obligations. It is designed to be used in the production environment, onboard the harvesting vessel or foreshore. Whilst these guidelines contain helpful technical information some of the legislative content may now be out of date.

June 2007Download PDF

The Good Practice Guide to Handling and Storing Live Crustacea

Marcus Jacklin, Jason Combes

These guidelines have been produced for commercial operatives engaged in handling and storing live crustacea within the United Kingdom. They aim to help businesses achieve high standards of operation by encouraging practices that ensure product safety, product quality, and efficient use of resources.

June 2007Download PDF

Good Manufacturing Practice Guidance - Shellfish Cooking

R Watson, W Denton

This document provides guidance to seafood processors on good manufacturing practice (GMP) for shellfish cooking ashore. Its purpose is to help both small and larger businesses produce safe, high quality products. It is targeted at the needs of processors carrying out basic cooking operations.

May 2007Download PDF