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Fish Health Authorisation

If you run one of the following types of operations you must obtain Fish Health Authorisation from the Marine Institute:

  • Fish, mollusc or crustacean farm
  • Aquaculture processing business which carries out sanitary slaughter
  • Put & Take Fishery
  • Purification or dispatch centre  
  • Commercial aquarium
  • Quarantine facility
  • A premises where ornamental fish are kept, in contact with natural water where the effluent is not disinfected.

A public register of authorised finfish, mollusc and crustacean aquaculture production business is published here by the Marine Institute.

Fish Health Authorisation is a requirement under Council Directive 2006/88/EC which was transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Health of Aquaculture Animals and Products) Regulations 2008 (SI No. 261 of 2008),  and European Communities (Health of Aquaculture Animals and Products (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 398 of 2010)  and 2011 (S.I. No. 430 of 2011).

You can apply here for Fish Health Authorisation.