Alien and locally absent species

Aquaculture operators intending to undertake the introduction of an alien species or the translocation of a locally absent species must apply for a permit from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

The requirement for a permit

On 11 June 2007, the European Commission introduced Council Regulation (EC) No 708/2007 concerning the use of alien and locally absent species in aquaculture.

Aquaculture operators intending to undertake the introduction of an alien species or the translocation of a locally absent species must apply for a permit from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. The application must be accompanied by a dossier containing the information listed in Annex 1 of Council Regulation (EC) No 708/2007. 

A record of applications received and permits granted

In accordance with the provisions of Article 4 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 535/2008 the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has introduced an information system containing:

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