The Aquatic Animal Health Regulations

The Aquatic Animal Health Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 came into operation on 27 March 2009. These Regulations were amended in 2011, 2019 and 2020.

Main features

The main features of these regulations include:

  • authorisation of Aquaculture Production Businesses (APBs) and registration of put and take fisheries;
  • a public register of APBs;
  • a risk based approach to disease surveillance;
  • disease prevention requirements for transporters of aquaculture animals;
  • statutory controls on exotic and non-exotic diseases of aquatic animals;
  • a statutory requirement to notify the Department of any suspicion of disease;
  • rules for the placing of aquaculture animals on the market.

It is an offence to operate an aquaculture production business, put and take fishery or non-commercial installation without a valid authorisation or registration.

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