Guidance on fish and shellfish labelling

This guidance for businesses includes information about the legal requirements and best practice relating to fish and shellfish labelling, as well as the fish and shellfish names (these are also called the commercial designations) that can be used to describe fish and shellfish supplied in the UK.

Fish labelling regulations

This UK guidance on GOV.UK is for fish and shellfish businesses and food businesses that deal in fish and shellfish. This includes small and medium-sized enterprises.

The guidance provides information about the legal requirements and best practice relating to the following:

  • Fish Labelling Regulations 2013
  • Regulations 104/2000 and 2065/2001
  • consumer information elements of 1224/2009 and 404/2011

Fish and shellfish businesses, and food businesses that deal in fish and shellfish, should read this guidance and meet legal requirements.

UK commercial designations of fish

All European Union member states are required to publish a list of the commercial designations (fish names) accepted in their territory. The list shall indicate the scientific name for each species, its name in the official language or languages of the member state and, where applicable, any other name or names accepted or permitted locally or regionally.

Commercial designations must be used when marketing fish in the EU and are provided to consumers at the point of retail. This means the list is primarily used by those involved in the production and manufacture of fishery products.