Which NI authorities have roles and responsibilities for Fish and Fishery Products in Northern Ireland?

Competent authorities and contact details for fish and fishery products.

Products of Animal Origin (POAO) Fish (Imports)

You can only import Products of Animal Origin (POAO) fishery products for human consumption through the following Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Inspection Facilities in Northern Ireland:

  • Belfast Port
  • Larne Port
  • Warrenpoint Harbour

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Northern Ireland is the Central Competent Authority (CCA) for food safety, including imported food, and have specific policy responsibility for fish and fishery products for human consumption.  

Further information can be found on the FSA website.

Contact details: Executive.Support@food.gov.uk 028 90417700

DAERA (Fisheries Inspectorate) is the Central Competent Authority (CCA) and Single Liaison Office (SLO) for Catch Certificates - Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU).

The Compliance Protocol highlights DAERA’s responsibilities, as the Central Competent Authority (CCA), with regard to the prevention, deterrence and elimination of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activity in line with Regulation (EU) 1005/2008. This is achieved through monitoring and inspection of IUU catch certificates, at the Northern Ireland Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Inspection Facilities. DAERA’s role as the Central Competent Authority is also reflected in The Sea Fishing (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing) Order (Northern Ireland) 2018.   

Single Liaison Office (SLO): SLORole@daera-ni.gov.uk

District Councils (Port Health) are the Competent Authority (CA) responsible for control and enforcement for all of the above.

Contact details:

Newry Mourne and Down District Council
Warrenpoint Port: 028 94426824
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Larne Port: 028 28260021
Mid and East Antrim Port Health: 028 28262374
Belfast City Council
Belfast Port: 028 90378555
Belfast City Council Port Health: 028 90351199

Products of Animal Origin (POAO) Fish (Exports)

DAERA (Veterinary Service Animal Health Group, Trade Programme) is the Competent Authority (CA), and advises on certification and market access issues.

Contact details: TradeAdminPost@daera-ni.gov.uK
DAERA Veterinary Portal: DG_DAERA-portalvets@nigov.net

*Further information can be found at this link DAERA Exporting animals and animal products from Northern Ireland.

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