If you are importing ornamental aquatic animals either for commercial purposes or personal use you must first register with the Marine Institute as an Ornamental Importer. Once you receive confirmation of your Registration as an Ornamental Importer, you will also be issued with a Username and Password so you may apply on-line to Import Ornamental Species.
Advance Notification of Imports
All imports of aquatic animal for ornamental purposes must be notified to the Marine Institute at least 2 days in advance of departure from the site of origin. You must ensure that the import, sale or supply of that animal does not present a risk to the health of the animal or the health of another aquatic animal. The consignment must be accompanied by an appropriate health certificate issued for the purposes of Commission Regulation 1251/2008 stating that the animal is free of the diseases listed in Part II Annex IV to the directive and diseases for which Ireland has national measures granted under Commission Decision 2010/221/EU.