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Industry information

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 find.

These and the other subjects listed below are covered in detail on this website, or you can contact us directly for help and information.

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 more.
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 minerals.
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 Department.
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 this data.
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.
Fisheries
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 species
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 found
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 photograph.

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Last Modified: 27 April 2014