Aquatic disease status

Northern Ireland has a high fish health status and is declared disease free for a number of listed aquatic diseases. The link below includes Northern Ireland’s disease status in relation to listed diseases of aquatic animals, pursuant to Article 38 of Regulation (EU) 2016/429 (the Animal Health Law):

In addition, as detailed in Annex I to Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/260 Northern Ireland is regarded as being free from certain diseases affecting aquatic animals and for which there are national measures approved in accordance with Article 226(3) of Regulation (EU) 2016/429. Currently these diseases are:

  • Koi herpes virus disease (KHV)
  • Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC) 
  • Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD)
  • Gyrodactylus salaris (GS)

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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