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Transporting Aquaculture Animals

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Fish health regulations require that ALL transporters of aquaculture animals take specific measures to protect the health of fish/ shellfish during transportation, thereby preventing the spread of aquatic disease.

If you are transporting aquaculture animals you must undertake to:

  1. Ensure the health status of the aquatic animal you are carrying is not altered during transport.
  2. Ensure the health status of an aquaculture or wild aquatic animal either at the destination premises or en-route to that destination is not altered.
  3. Minimise the risk of the spread of disease.

If water exchange is required during transportation, you must take all necessary measures to protect the health status of the fish or shellfish:

  1. being transported;
  2. at the place of water exchange; and
  3. at the place of destination.

It should be noted that these measures apply to all diseases of aquatic animals, not just those listed in Council Directive 2006/88/EC.

You must also keep a record of:

  1. Mortality during transport (as practicable)
  2. Farms and processing establishments visited.
  3. Any water exchanges during transport.

In addition, it is mandatory for automated cleaning and disinfection equipment as well as automated equipment used in relation to general fish welfare to be serviced at appropriate frequencies and to be properly maintained. Records of such servicing and maintenance must be kept on file and made available for inspection on request.

See also detailed information on Wellboat Biosecurity and Reporting

Specialist Transporters of Aquaculture Animals

Specialist transporters of aquaculture animals must be registered with the Marine Institute.

A “specialist transporter” is defined as 'a business or undertaking which wholly or mainly transports live aquaculture animals in a mode of transport specially designed and adapted for that purpose'

It should be noted that all transporters of aquaculture animals are required to observe the biosecurity and recording measures outlined in above. However, only specialist transporters are required to register with the Marine Institute.

A list of registered aquaculture transporters is published here.

To register with the Marine Institute as a specialist transporter, please click on the links here below to register on-line or contact FHU@marine.ie to request an Application Form.

Register as a Specialist Transporter of Aquaculture Animals here

Register a Wellboat for Specialist Transport of Aquaculture Animals here