Update from Welsh Government
Catch recording requirements were due to be introduced via a fishing vessel licence condition this November. However, feedback from the industry suggested that due to the timing and additional Brexit implications, any change at this time would bring further challenges for fishers. As a result, we have responded by taking the decision to delay the change to licence condition until February 2020.
Fishers will still be invited to register on the system from November 2019, but will now have an extended familiarisation period. We would encourage fishers to set up their preferences once they receive the invite and to start using the application as soon as possible. We hope this will give fishers time to get used to the application before the licence condition comes into force.
We will continue to put measures in place, where possible, to ensure fishers are supported and, as such, we are offering a variety of training options.
A video demonstrating how to register can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ue1BxFKnik Once a fisher is ready to record their catch, a video demonstrating how to use the application can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBZXAayw5Pk Further guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/record-your-catch
A contact centre will be available for those requiring digital assistance from November 2019. Phones will be staffed from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. At other times, the contact centre will run an automated service and fishers will be able to leave catch records over the phone.
The contact centre number is 0300 0203 788 (Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls).
For more information on the benefits of catch recording and the outcome of the recent consultation, please click here.