Cefas advises on regulatory activities and statutory
responsiblities for industry. We also provide information about
relevant policies direct to specific industry sectors.
Where industry groups are working directly with Cefas, for
example within the Fisheries Science Partnership, we provide quick
links to tendering information and documents for the
co-commissioning of scientific research.
In addition, we rely on fishermen and others to return data tags
that might be found in the sea and/or on beaches. The links in this
section should give you the information you need to record a
These and the other subjects listed below are covered in detail
on this website, or you can contact us directly for help and
- Offshore Chemical
Notification Scheme (OCNS)
- The OCNS scheme applies to all chemicals used in the
exploration, exploitation and associated offshore processing of
petroleum on the UK Continental Shelf. This section includes a
guide to chemical registration, frequently asked questions and much
- Emergency response
- We have a long and ongoing track record in the provision
of expert advice and services in the event of chemical and oil
releases into the marine environment.This includes our 24/7 advice
service (covering both environmental and public health aspects),
modelling, analytical services and the design and conduct of impact
assessment and monitoring programmes.
- Aggregates and dredging
- Cefas provides pre-application advice that relates to the
Environmental Impact Assessment procedure. This guidance is
necessary to support an application for permission to dredge marine
- Fish and shellfish farming, and imports of live fish
- The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI)
provides a range of relevant information for fish and shellfish
farmers and those in the ornamentals trade: about fish movements,
imports/exports, farm authorisations, regulations, and much more.
This is available via a dedicated, industry-focused website called
Aquatic Animal Health and Movements (AAHM). In addition, the FHI
maintains the Public Aquaculture Production Businesses register on
behalf of Defra and the National Assembly for Wales' Agricultural
- Cefas also co-ordinates the classification monitoring
programme for bivalve mollusc harvesting areas in England and
Wales on behalf of the Food
Standards Agency. We provide free access to the E.
coli monitoring data generated under this
programme. Classification of the harvesting areas is based on
- The last five years' worth of data is viewable in list
and graphical format for each representative monitoring point
(RMP). Classification zone maps are also available to
view or download for each type of shellfish classified.
- Government-funded programmes that encourage fishermen and
scientists to work together, for example in the Fisheries Science
Partnership. Information about this specific partnership series
- including the most current projects and tender invitations
- is included in this section.
- Tagged fish and other
- Fish are tagged so we can, with your help, record migratory
behaviour, growth and fishing catch rates. Find out how to return a
tagged fish or shellfish to Cefas and claim a reward.
- Unusual fish
- Rare and/or tropical species of fish and shellfish are
occasionally found in UK waters. We may be able to help you to
identify those if you can provide specific information and/or a