As we fast approach the end of the Brexit transition period (31 December 2020), the Highland Council ("HC") have issued an urgent warning to fishermen operating a fishing vessel with a HC area 'home port' (which includes the likes of Scrabster and Wick for example). The HC warning states that all fishing vessels where the catch is exported (either directly or indirectly) to any EU Member State must first be registered as a food business with the HC.
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