Aquatic disease status

Northern Ireland has a high fish health status and is declared disease free for a number of listed aquatic diseases, including:

  • Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (VHS)
  • Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis (IHN)
  • Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA)
  • Koi Herpes Virus (KHV)
  • Bonamia ostreae (with the exception of Lough Foyle and Strangford Lough)
  • Marteilia refringens (with the exception of Dundrum Bay and Belfast Lough)

As detailed in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/260, Northern Ireland also has approved national measures for limiting the impact and spread of certain diseases in aquaculture animals and wild aquatic animals, in accordance with Article 226(2) of Regulation 2016/429 (The Animal Health Law).  Northern Ireland is also recognised as being free from the following diseases:

  • Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC) 
  • Gyrodactylus salaris (GS)
  • Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD)

Designation notices

DAERA is responsible for taking measures to prevent or limit the spread and control of aquatic animal diseases. Where a disease is suspected / confirmed, this is carried out by way of designation notices.

You can view the list of designation notices issued by DAERA, see link below

The shellfish disease status of Northern Ireland sea loughs can be viewed at this link.

Further information

Further information can be obtained by emailing or by contacting the Fish Health Inspectorate on 028 4461 8089.


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