Trade and regulation

The UK seafood industry is facing unprecedented change with Brexit and the impacts of Covid-19. We help seafood businesses prepare and respond to challenges and opportunities that impact trade.

Covid-19 support for the seafood industry

Covid-19 continues to affect our lives and businesses. We’re working to support the seafood sector and signposting other sources of help and advice.

UK exit from the EU

Brexit has changed how we trade, fish and work with the EU. We’re providing practical support to help seafood businesses understand the new rules.

International Trade

A thriving international seafood industry brings economic benefits and helps to create healthy and sustainable communities around the world.

Seafood traceability and labelling regulations

Seafood traceability and labelling regulations ensure that seafood can be tracked through the supply chain and is described accurately to consumers.

Packaging and Waste

Packaging and waste legislation is in place to protect consumers and reduce the seafood industry's carbon footprint.


Contaminants are any substances found in food that have not been added intentionally.

Veterinary Residues

Residues from veterinary medicines used by culturists to treat fish and shellfish can sometimes be detected in seafood.


EU food hygiene legislation has been implemented in the UK since 1 January 2006. It affects all businesses involved in the handling of food.

Marine Management

The UK will leave the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) at the end of 2020.

Regulation in aquaculture

The aquaculture industry is is growing in the UK. Regulation is in place to ensure fish is farmed with environment impact and food safety in mind.