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Countries To Import From


Commission Decision 2010/221/EC as ammended by Commission Implementing Decision of 14th January 2014 (2014/12/EU) approves the disease free status of certain Member States and the control / eradication programmes of certain Member States in relation to the following diseases:

  • Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC)
  • Bacterial kidney disease (BKD)
  • Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis virus (IPN)
  • Infection with Gyrodactylus Salaris (GS)



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Imports from EU Member States

Susceptible/vector species of the diseases listed in Council Directive 2006/88/EC, may only come from the areas listed in Commission Decision 2009/177/EC (as amended).

Non-susceptible/non-vector species may be imported from any Member State


Imports from Non-EU States / Third Countries

Susceptible and/ or vector species may be imported from the list of territories outlined in Annex III of Commission Regulation 1251/2008/EC as amended by Commission Regulation 719/2009/EC.

All other ornamental species may originate from any other country which is a member of the OIE (see or which is listed in Annex III of Commission Regulation 1251/2008/EC (as amended).

See our section on Certification Requirements in order to ensure that your consignment travels with the correct documentation into Ireland.  

Importing Ornamental Crayfish

Please note that, effective 18th September 2018, it is now illegal to import, keep, breed, transport, sell, exchange or release to the environment the following species of freshwater Crayfish:

Common Name Scientific Name
Spiny-Cheek Crayfish Orconectes limosus
Virile Crayfish Orconectes virilis
Signal Crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus
Red Swamp Crayfish Procambarus clarkii
Marbled Crayfish Procambarus fallax f. virginalis








The European Union (Invasive Alien Species) (Freshwater Crayfish) Regulations 2018 (SI 354/18) came into force on 18 September 2018. The new measures are designed to combat the threat of disease from several species of non-native crayfish.

Throughout Europe, the white-clawed crayfish has been decimated by a disease called Crayfish plague. This disease spread to Europe with the introduction of North American species of crayfish, which are resistant to crayfish plague but can act as carriers of the disease.

These new regulations will give Irish authorities the powers to prevent the arrival and spread of the five non-native species of crayfish included on the EU list of invasive alien species.