Levy and Funding

Seafish is funded mainly by a levy on all first-hand purchases of seafood products in the UK, including imported seafood.

Sea Fish Industry Authority Act and Regulations

You can access the 1981 Fisheries Act and supporting regulations by clicking on the links below.

Fisheries Act 1981 

Levy Regulations 1996 (principal regulations)

Levy Regulations 1999 ( levy rate amendment)

Schedule of Current Levy Rates (1999 amendment)

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.

When Levy is Not Charged

Please note - levy is not charged on:

  • Salmon and migratory trout.
  • Canned or bottled fish.
  • Freshwater species of fish and shellfish

Levy Schedule of Rates +

Other Sources of Funding +

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