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 folllowing 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)
  • Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC) 
  • Infection with Gyrodactylus salaris (GS)
  • Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) – originally declared as additional guarantees under Commission Decision 2004/453/EC and now declared as disease free under Commission Decision 2010/221/EU

Koi Herpes Virus (KHV)

KHV became a compulsory notifiable disease in Northern Ireland on 27 March 2009 under the Aquatic Animal Health Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009.

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

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is a competent authority for the purposes of making confirmed designations under Regulation 31 of the Aquatic Animal Health Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009.

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

Further information

This can be obtained by emailing fish.health@daera-ni.gov.uk or by contacting the Fish Health Inspectorate on 028 44 618090.

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