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Requirements for Ornamental Importers

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Registration of Ornamental Importers 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).

If you intend to import ornamental aquatic animals either for commercial purposes or personal use you must first register with the Marine Institute as an ornamental importer and notify us at least 24 hours prior to the consignment leaving the country of origin.  

Click here to register as an importer of ornamental fish. 


Please see the following information in relation to:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Ornamental Imports 

General information on importing Ornamental Fish/Shellfish/Crustaceans 

Certification Requirements for Ornamental Imports 

Countries to Import From