Accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to content published on www.seafish.org. It does not apply to external or third party content.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible: 

  • The Cookie Banner prevents users of screen readers navigating the website unless the Cookie Policy is explicitly Accepted or Declined
  • There is no inclusion of a Site Map, with a Skip Navigation link to it available on every page
  • There is no facility to change the colour contrast of web pages
  • There is no facility to change Text Size of web pages
  • There are no Contact Details in the Header area of each page
  • There are no Social Media icons in the Header area of each page, with the appropriate branding colours included
  • There is no use of thumbnail images where other pages are linked
  • There is an inconsistent use of a Featured Image
  • There is an incorrect use of icons, particularly with PDF links
  • There is a use of Icons that do not have a purpose
  • Link Text using the divisive phrase “Click Here” rather than inclusive phrases such as “Follow this link”

Feedback and contact information 

We would like to provide visitors who are having difficulties with navigating this website every assistance possible. Our contact details are as follows:

Telephone
Edinburgh switchboard - 0131 558 3331
Grimsby switchboard - 01472 252 300

Email
web@seafish.co.uk

How to request webpage content and documents in an accessible format

If you require webpage content or documents in an accessible format, please contact us by one of the following methods: 

Telephone
Edinburgh switchboard - 0131 558 3331
Grimsby switchboard - 01472 252 300

Email
web@seafish.co.uk

Web pages

If the content is on a web page, please include the following:

  • The web address (URL)
  • Your name and email address or
  • Your name and postal address
  • The format you need, for example, an accessible PDF, large print, braille, BSL, an audio CD.

Documents

If the content is within a document, please include the following: 

  • The document URL or
  • The web address (URL) of where the document is hosted
  • The full document title and publication date
  • Your name and email address or
  • Your name and address
  • The format you need, for example, an accessible PDF, large print, braille, BSL, an audio CD.

If you require our assistance in ensuring that you are requesting the correct information, please contact us by one of the following methods: 

Telephone
Edinburgh switchboard - 0131 558 3331
Grimsby switchboard - 01472 252 300

Email
web@seafish.co.uk

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems or issues with accessing content and documents on this website or can make further suggestions to improve the accessibility of this website, please contact us by one of the following methods: 

Telephone
Edinburgh switchboard - 0131 558 3331
Grimsby switchboard - 01472 252 300

Email
web@seafish.co.uk

Enforcement Procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Seafish is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. 

Compliance status 

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 AA standard. 

Non-accessible Content

A detail audit of 20 pages of this website has been carried out and each page has been tested for the following areas. Each of these either directly or indirectly affect the accessibility of the website. 

  • Website Accessibility Errors Priority A
  • Website Accessibility Errors Priority AA
  • Website Accessibility Errors Priority AAA
  • Website Accessibility Errors for Screen Readers
  • Website Coding Errors that affect Search Engines
  • Website Coding Errors (W3C Standards)
  • Usability and Navigation Issues

In addition, a thorough manual evaluation of each of these pages has been undertaken and a list of the issues raised is listed in the next Section.

If you would like a copy of the full report, please contact us by one of the following methods: 

Telephone
Edinburgh switchboard - 0131 558 3331
Grimsby switchboard - 01472 252 300

Email
web@seafish.co.uk

The content listed below is non-accessible on one or more of the audited pages for the following reasons. 

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations 

Priority A

CSS positioning can make pages unreadable when style sheets are turned off
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A F1)
Duplicate id - the same ID is used on more than one element.
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A 4.1.1) 
Each a element must contain text or an img with an alt attribute.
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A F89 ) 
iframe and frame elements must have a title attribute
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A 2.4.1) 
Use HTML headings instead of applying CSS heading styles to non-headings
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A F2)  
Identify row and column headers in data tables using th elements, and mark layout
tables with role=presentation
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A F91)  
HTML form control has no accessible name
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A F68)
Duplicate id - the same ID is used on more than one element
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A 4.1.1) 
Links uses general text like 'Click Here' with no surrounding text explaining link purpose.
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A F63) 
The visual label must appear in the accessible name of links and controls
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A F96)
Use of script to remove focus when focus is received
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A F55)
A mechanism is available to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple web pages
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A)
Name, role and value on all user interface components
(falls under WCAG 2.1 A) 

We are aiming to have these issues fixed by 31 July 2021. 

Priority AA
If you set any of the colours on the body or a elements you must set all of them.
(falls under WCAG 2.1 AA F24)
Headings should not be empty
(falls under WCAG 2.1 AA G130) 

We are aiming to have these issues fixed by 31 July 2021. 

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable.

We are aware that there are additional accessibility issues within the site. These are not currently a legal requirement, but we wish to include them for transparency and to express our desire to resolve these issues as time and budgetary constraints permit.

General Website Navigation and Content

  • The Cookie Banner prevents users of screen readers navigating the website unless the Cookie Policy is Accepted or Declined.
  • The Inclusion of a Site Map, with a Skip Navigation link to it available on every page
  • The Inclusion of facility to change contrast of web page
  • The Inclusion of facility to change Text Size of the web page
  • The Inclusion of Contact Details in the Header area of each page
  • The Inclusion of Social Media icons in the Header area of each page, with the appropriate branding colours included
  • Use of thumbnail images where other pages are linked
  • Use of a Featured Image consistently
  • The correct use of icons, particularly with PDF links
  • Icons that do not have a purpose
  • Link Text using inclusive phrases such as “Follow this link”, rather than the divisive “Click Here”

We are currently working on fixing the Cookie Banner issue and hope to have it resolved by 11 June 2021.

We are unable to give a timeframe for the other fixes but they will be factored in to future development work. 

Documents and PDFs

Many documents, including historic and current documents and PDFs are not accessible. For example, missing clear and simple document structure and missing text alternatives. Many of our historic and current documents may not fully meet the accessibility requirements.

AAA Standard

Some pages have the following issues that fail the 'AAA' standard of the WCAG Guidelines. This is not currently a requirement but we include as it would be good practice to eliminate these in the future:

  • Some links open in new windows without making the visitor aware of this previously
  • CSS interactions and transitions are used without providing a facility to turn them off

The following issues may occur with screen readers:

  • The use of input type=text with aria-label attribute does not work with some screen readers
  • The use of input type=text with title attribute does not work with some screen readers
  • Replacing link text with aria-label attribute does not work with some screen readers  

Images

  • Images cannot be enlarged 
  • Thumbnail images linking through to the same featured image on a linked page are not used
  • Featured images are not used consistently 
  • Icons are not used clearly or correctly, particularly with PDF links
  • Some icons do not appear to have a purpose other than a decorative one
  • Some images do not have alternative text
  • Some images poor or meaningless alternative text
  • Some images contain text, which makes the text difficult to read

We aim to have all images updated with alternative text by 1 September 2021. All other issues will be factored in to future development work but there is no timescale on this at the moment. 

Videos

  • Some audio video content does not provide an audio alternative
  • Some audio video content does not provide an audio description
  • Videos within Gear Database records, currently do not provide an audio alternative or an audio description

We aim to have all videos made accessible by 1 September 2021. 

Podcasts

  • Podcasts do not currently provide an alternative to audio, such as a transcript or text alternative or audio description

Documents

  • Many of the document titles are non-descriptive
  • Many documents do not contain a summary
  • Many documents are in PDF format and are not accessible
  • PDF icons use incorrect colours
  • Excel documents are included, this is a security risk

Due to the large volume of documents on our website, we will be working to update titles and metadata by 2023. 

How this website was tested

This website was tested for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.1 level A and level AA, using a variety of software and extensive manual checking.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to identify and fix issues, which fail the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 A and AA standard. We are aiming to have most of the website issues fixed by 1 September 2021. We will be working on the documents and hope to have those fixed by 2023.

We will update the accessibility statement when issues are fixed or when we expect them to be fixed. 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was originally prepared on 9 September 2020.

It was last reviewed on 1 June 2021.

The website was lasted tested on 14 April 2021.

The test was carried out by Clive Loseby, Access by Design

The full audit, along with this accessibility statement, was prepared and produced by Clive Loseby, Access by Design. To request a copy of the full audit, please contact us using one of the following methods: 

Telephone
Edinburgh switchboard - 0131 558 3331
Grimsby switchboard - 01472 252 300

Email
web@seafish.co.uk

Last updated: 1 June 2021