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)
  • 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

Northern Ireland Marine Disease Control Compartments

Further information

This can be obtained by emailing or by contacting the Fish Health Inspectorate on 028 44 618090.

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