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Requirements for Approved Businesses

If you operate an aquaculture production business, you must obtain fish health approval from the Marine Institute.


Key Requirements

  • Biosecurity - put in place good hygiene practices to protect your stock from disease
  • Participate in a risk-based fish/shellfish health surveillance scheme.  
  • Record all movements of fish/shellfish on and off your site(s) and any mortalities that occur.
  • Record the results of the fish health surveillance scheme. 
  • Notify the Marine Institute if you are moving fish or shellfish for ongrowing -  give three days notice if moving fish/shellfish within Ireland or five days ahead of exporting/importing fish for ongrowing. 
  • Notify the Marine Institute of any unexplained increase in mortalities or if you suspect a listed disease on your site -  email or fax 091 387201

To apply for approval, you should apply on-line and prepare a Health Management / Biosecurity Plan, detailing how you intend to comply with the legislation in relation to record keeping, biosecurity and disease surveillance.


 Health Management / Biosecurity Plans

Shellfish Health Biosecurity Plan:  Please complete this form and attach to your on-line Shellfish Health Approval Application.

Shellfish Health Biosecurity Plan (pdf 896KB)

Finfish/Put & Take Sample Management Plans:  We have prepared sample management plans (download below) which you may use as a guide in preparing a fish health management plan for your own business. Please download the and include site specific details appropriate to your business and attach to your on-line Fish Health Approval Application. 

Sample Finfish Health Management Plan (Revised December 2014- Word 112 KB)

Put & Take Fish Health Management Plan (Word, 158 KB)

Note: Approvals granted under the new legislation are separate to an aquaculture licence but run concurrently with it. A Fish Health Approval only deals with issues relating to animal health, while licenses will continue to regulate all other aspects of the aquaculture operation.

For more information, please contact the Fish Health Unit on 091 387 200 or email