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Countries To Import From


Ireland’s Health Status

Ireland has been declared free from a number of diseases which affect various species of ornamental fish.

As a result, we may only accept fish from countries, zones or compartments with an equal health status i.e. if Ireland is free from a particular disease, it may only accept fish from an area which is also declared free from that disease.

Listed diseases, and the aquatic species which are susceptible to them, can be found in Annex IV Part II of Council Directive 2006/88/EC, as amended.

Vector species for these listed diseases can be found in Annex I Commission Regulation 1251/2008/EC, as amended.

Areas which are free from these diseases can be found in Annex I Part C of Commission Decision 2009/177/EC, as amended

Diseases for which Ireland has special measures and areas which are free from them, can be found in Annex I of Commission Decision 2010/221, as amended.

Consolidated versions of the above legislation, incorporating any subsequent amendments, may be viewed on the EUR-Lex website by searching for the particular piece of legislation and clicking “Latest Consolidated Version”.


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.

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 - Prohibited Species

Please note that, since 18th September 2018, it is 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 and ecological damage 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 regulations grant 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.