Fishing Vessels

27 June 2013/Categories: Fishing Vessels

Survey on hygiene inspection practices regarding fishing vessels in European Union

Responsible partner: National Institute of Public Health, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

The objective of this survey was to identify the practices regarding fishing vessels (reporting requirements, inspection practices, and standards) and in particular to define the objectives, to identify the data providers, design the data collection tools, collect data, record and analyse data and produce a report with recommendations. 

The survey results indicate that:

  • Almost half of the countries have not specific legislation for inspection on fishing vessels.
  • Most of the countries do not perform regular inspections.
  • Most of the countries mentioned that there is not information available for issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificate.
  • 7 out of 12 countries require reporting health events. 
  • 5 out of 7 countries use the Maritime Declaration of Health. 

A scientific publication is under preparation and will include all survey results in detail.  

Relevant material


Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 404/2011 of 8 April 2011 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy

Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for on the hygiene of foodstuffs

Council Directive 93/103/EC of 23 November 1993 concerning the minimum safety and health requirements for work on board fishing vessels (thirteenth individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC)

Council Directive 92/29/EEC of 31 March 1992 on the minimum safety and health requirements for improved medical treatment on board vessels

Council Directive of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work (89/391/EEC)

Directive 2002/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2002 establishing a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system and repealing Council Directive 93/75/EEC

Guides – Reports – Manual

European Commission – Directorate General of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. European Guide for risk prevention in small fishing vessels.
FAO (2005). Fisheries laws and Regulations in the Mediterranean: a comparative study
Scientific articles

Aanes S., Nedreaas K. and Ulvatn S. (2011). Estimation of total retained catch based on frequency of fishing trips, inspections at sea, transhipment, and VMS data. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68(8), 1598–1605.

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