Registered buyers and sellers
Do you buy first sale fish direct from a vessel or an agent, or sell first sale fish at an auction?
The Registration of Buyers and Sellers (RBS) Scheme has been fully operational in England since 2005 under the Registration of Fish Buyers and Sellers and Designation of Fish Auction Sites Regulations 2005 (England).
The legislation requires that all buyers and sellers of first sale fish are registered and that all auction sites of first sale fish are designated. Registration and designation is free, application forms and guidance notes are available below.
Letter to all operators (August 2013)
We are writing to all registered buyers and sellers who operate in England to let them know their weighing and traceability requirements and to ask them to verify their registration details.
Read the letter sent to operators on 22 and 23 August 2013 (PDF 64 KB).
The letter provides them with the details that we currently hold and ask them to confirm they are correct, notify us of any changes or let us know if they no longer need to be registered.
Operators should complete Annex B of the letter (PDF 127 KB) if their details have changed and provide supporting documents where necessary.
Once registered, buyers and sellers are able to buy and/or sell first sale fish and must comply with the following rules on the provision of sales notes.
Registered buyers (individuals, partnerships, corporate bodies or companies) who buy fish direct from a vessel or an agent have to submit buyer’s sales notes to the local fisheries office within 48 hours (24 hours if electronic) of the sale taking place.
Registered sellers (those selling first sale fish by competitive bidding at a designated auction site) are required to complete a seller’s sales note and submit them to the local fisheries office within 48 hours (24 hours if electronic) of the sale taking place.
In addition, buyers and sellers are also required to keep records of each purchase and sale. These records shall be made available for inspection at all reasonable times. Records must be kept for a minimum of two years.
The purpose of the RBS Scheme was to:
- enable individuals or companies to become registered buyers and sellers of first sale fish, while allowing fisheries administrations to keep track of the actual amounts of fish species being sold
- improve the monitoring and control of landings of fish
- increase tractability of fish by ensuring that all landings are properly recorded and capable of verification.
The hope was that this would:
- ensure fairer fish prices for all
- allow restaurants and the like to obtain the freshest fish
- be able to trace this fish directly to vessels and stocks
- add to the other measures in place to conserve fish stocks.
More information from www.fishregister.gov.uk and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Application forms and guidance
Please note that although the guidance is intended to cover a broad range of information it is not exhaustive. For specific queries please contact your local Marine Management Organisation office or Operations and Enforcement on 0191 376 2638.
- Access to online electronic salesnote system
- Application form (RBS 5) (PDF 142 KB)
Operations and Enforcement
Marine Management Organisation
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 376 2643
Fax: 0191 376 2501
Help with documents
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