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Update on Crayfish Plague in Ireland

Crayfish Plague is recognised as an existential threat to the survival of the globally threatened white-clawed crayfish, Austropotamobius pallipes, which is the only crayfish species native to Ireland. Crayfish plague is a highly infectious lethal disease caused by a fungal-like organism, Aphanomyces astaci, which infects white-clawed crayfish and can cause up to 100% mortality. The latest information on the presence of crayfish plague in Ireland can be found here.

European Commission on Animal Health Law

Regulation (EU) 2016/429 on transmissible animal diseases (“Animal Health Law”) entered into application on 21 April 2021. In support of the implementation of the Animal Health Law, and to help raise awareness on different parts of the new EU animal health legislation, the European Commission has prepared a set of information material that can be accessed online.

New EU Animal Health Law – from April 21st 2021

The new EU Animal Health Regulation 2016/429 applies from April 21st 2021. The Regulation lays down rules for the prevention and control of animal diseases which are transmissible to animals or humans.