Fish Health Regulations

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.

New Fish Health Website

A dedicated website has now been developed in order to provide a structured and user friendly source of information on the current Fish Health Regulations applicable in Ireland.   Information regarding the Aquaculture Operator's legal obligations and the administration of these Regulations is also provided along with information on pertinent Fish Health related issues. Please see

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