Northern Ireland disease status and designation notices

Northern Ireland has a high fish health status and is declared disease free for a number of non exotic diseases and shellfish diseases.

Disease status

Northern Ireland is declared disease free for the following diseases:

  • 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 Decision 2010/221/EC, 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 43(2) of Directive 2006/88/EC.  Northern Ireland is recognised as being free from the following diseases:

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

Northern Ireland was declared disease-free from KOI Herpes virus (KHV) in 2012. Three ornamental facilities in Northern Ireland have also achieved disease free status in respect of KHV. These are:

Designation notices

DAERA is the  Competent Authority for the purposes of making confirmed designations under Regulation 31 of the Aquatic Animal Health Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009, as amended.

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

Northern Ireland Marine Disease Control Compartments

Further information

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


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