Exports of fish

Movement of fish and shellfish to other areas of the European Union is permitted, but must be accompanied by the appropriate documentation. Movement of fish to countries outside of the European Union will require such documentation as is requested by the importing country.

Movements to other areas of the European Union (EU)

Movements of fish and shellfish to other EU Member States are subject to the rules of the EU Fish Health Regime under Council Directive 2006/88/EEC.  The Directive is transposed in Northern Ireland by the Aquatic Animal Health Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

Northern Ireland has Approved Zone status for Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis (IHN), Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA), Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (VHS) and Koi Herpes virus (KHV) and has been granted additional guarantees for the fish diseases Gyrodactylus Salaris (GS), Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC) and Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD).

Northern Ireland has also been granted disease free status for the following shellfish diseases;  Bonamia (except Lough Foyle and Strangford Lough) and Marteillia (except Belfast Lough and Dundrum Bay).

Movements of fish and shellfish to most other areas of the EU are  allowed but must be accompanied by the appropriate movement documentation attesting to the health status of the consignment.

Health Certificates are set out in Commission Regulations 1251/2008.

DAERA Fisheries Inspectorate is responsible for completing the documentation following an inspection of the consignment prior to export. 

Exports to third countries

Any exports to third countries will require documentation to be completed as requested by the official service of that country.

Inspections of exports

Requests to export fish or shellfish must be notified to Fisheries Division at least 48 hours prior to despatch to enable inspection and certification to be carried out.

To contact the Fisheries Division telephone 028 44 618090 (Inspectorate Team) 028 44 618059 (Admin Team) or email fish.health@daera-ni.gov.uk.

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