FishSAFE (FS) data is derived from a number of sources and is managed for FLTCS by the Sea Fish Industry Authority (SFIA).

The principal source of data is information maintained by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA), the trading name of the Oil & Gas Authority.  The NSTA datasets comprise data provided by oil and gas operators.  The NSTA has statutory powers under the Energy Act 2016 to require operators to supply this data.  The data is updated from time to time so that the FS data available to fishermen as regards potential hazards is as current as possible.

Data for FS is also obtained from other sources including the Health and Safety Executive who are responsible for safety zones created under the Petroleum Act 1987.

FS displays the following data types:

Surface Features

  • Platforms
  • FPSOs
  • Loading Buoys
  • Permanent marker buoys

Subsea Features

  • Suspended wellheads
  • Production wellheads
  • Manifolds
  • Templates
  • Other significant obstructions, including valves, piles, anchors and major debris
  • Pipelines
  • ‘Significant’ pipeline spans (i.e. over 10m long and 0.8m above the seabed)
  • 500m Safety Zones

New version of FishSAFE unit

The much enhanced latest version of the FishSAFE unit are now available. This version includes substantial improvements to provide fishermen with the benefit of a state of the art aid to safety. Previous versions of the unit have proved invaluable with sales of over 300. The European Union and the Scottish Government have awarded grants to support the project.