Frequent and thorough cleaning and disinfection are crucially important measures in the biosecurity plan of any aquaculture facility. As the efficacy of disinfectants is severely decreased by the presence of organic matter; it is extremely important to precede disinfection with thorough cleaning.
The cleaning and disinfection process outlined below is recommended for all aquaculture sites:
- Remove all visible debris or organic material
- Apply detergent / degreasing agent and leave for 15 minutes (or longer according to label instructions)
- Rinse off with clean water
- Apply appropriate disinfectant at recommended concentration and leave to penetrate for the period recommended by the manufacturer
- Rinse with clean water
It should be noted that disinfectant solutions need to be replaced before they lose efficacy. To avoid this happening, the date of disposal should be clearly displayed on the solution once it has been prepared.
All products used for disinfection must be used and disposed of in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations and likewise any health and safety guidelines should also be closely adhered to. If a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) has not been supplied with the product we strongly recommend that a MSDS be obtained from the manufacturers’ website or from the suppliers of the product.
NOTE FOR SHELLFISH OPERATORS: There is currently no published information regarding disinfectants suitable for use specifically against mollusc pathogens such as Oyster Herpes Virus (OsHV1-uvar) and V. aesturianus. However the combination of a heavy duty detergent such as Biosolve and a broad spectrum disinfectant such as Virkon is suggested. More information on
The table below contains information on the range of disinfectants suitable for use in finfish aquaculture sites in Ireland.
|Chloramine T||Halamid||1% (w/v), 5 mins||Reported effective against ISAv (1% for 30 minutes vs. IPNv) www.halamid.com|
|100ppm, 10 mins||Reported to be effective against ISAv and IPNv. Loss of brown colour indicates loss of efficacy. Iodine requires neutralisation before discharge. Stains and is corrosive.|
1% (w/v), 10 mins (IPNv)0.5% (w/v), 30 mins (ISAv)
|Reported to be effective against fish pathogenic bacteria and viruses (BKD, furunculosis, ERM, ISA, IPN, rhabdoviruses). www.antecint.co.uk|
|Calcium oxide (quicklime)||0.5kg/m(sq) for 4 weeks||
Can be used for earthen ponds (dried). Dangerous substance.
|Chlorine Dioxide||Cidox||1-1.5ppm CIO2||Can be used for water treatment for processing plants.|
|Citric Acid||2g/l (0.2%) (w/v) for 30 mins||Can be used to disinfect clothing.|
|Hydrogen peroxide||Hyperox||1:100 (1%), 30 min||Reported to be effective vs ISAv.|
100ppm, 10 mins (a)
1000ppm, 10 mins (b)
1000ppm, 6 hours (c)
(a) Boats, cages, tanks, hand nets, harvest equipment
(b) Processing plant effluent
(c) Cage nets
Leave to inactivate for a few days or neutralise with sodium thiosulphate after three hours. Not effective if organic material present.
1:100 (1%), 500mls/m(sq)
1:250, 15 mins
|Used for degreasing and cleaning of well boats, work boats, equipment, processing equipment & utensils.|
Used on freshwater intake.
Efficacy compromised by organic loading.
May be combined with ozone for treating processing effluent.
70 (deg) C, 2 hrs - IPNv
60 (deg) C, 2 mins - ISAv
37 (deg)C, 4 days - noda
|Used on nets, diving gear.|
|Formic acid||Used for ensiling.|
|Ozone||8mg/l/min, 3 mins (redox 600-750mV)||
Used on water intake and effluent
Costly and toxic to fish and humans
|Peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid mix||
|0.4% (v/v), 5 mins||Reported to be effective against ISAv.|
*The inclusion or exclusion of a particular brand on this list does not indicate an endorsement or a rejection of its use by the Marine Institute
If you have a particular query relating to disinfectants, please contact the Fish Health Unit at the Marine Institute on 091 387200 or email email@example.com