Introduction to Fish Health Regulations
Ireland's finfish and shellfish farms, rivers and lakes remain free of many diseases that occur in other countries. European fish health regulations aim to safeguard our fish and shellfish from disease.
The Marine Institute is responsible for the implementation of Council Directive 2006/88/EC in Ireland which deals with the health of aquaculture animals and the prevention and control of certain aquatic diseases. The Directive was transposed into Irish Law by the European Communities (Health of Aquaculture Animals and Products) Regulations 2008 (SI No. 261 of 2008), European Communities (Health of Aquaculture Animals and Products (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 398 of 2010) and 2011 (S.I. No. 430 of 2011). The regulations introduce measures that reflect the significant growth and development in the aquaculture industry in Ireland over the past 15 years.
Specific regulations are in place relating to Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) to prevent the introduction of ostreid herpesvirus 1 μνar (OsHV-1 μνar) into certain areas of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Who should apply for Fish Health Authorisation?
- Finfish and shellfish farmers
- Shellfish purification and dispatch centres
- Put-and-take fishery owners/managers
- Commercial aquaria
- Certain aquaculture processing businesses, ornamental and experimental facilities
What should you do to comply with fish health regulations?
If you are running any of the businesses mentioned above you should:
For more information, please contact Ayesha Power or Felicity Donnelly on 091 387 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Play your part - protect Ireland's fish health status.