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If you run a Fish, mollusc or crustacean farm, you must obtain Fish Health Authorisation from the Marine Institute.
A public register of authorised finfish, mollusc and crustacean aquaculture production business is published here by the Marine Institute.
Fish Health Authorisation is a requirement under Council Directive 2006/88/EC which was transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Health of Aquaculture Animals and Products) Regulations 2008 (SI No. 261 of 2008), and European Communities (Health of Aquaculture Animals and Products (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 398 of 2010) and 2011 (S.I. No. 430 of 2011).
All movements of aquaculture animals for ongrowing must be notified to the Marine Institute at least three days in advance for movements within Ireland and five days ahead of the planned movement for imports/exports.
- Requirements for Authorised Businesses
- Apply for Fish Health Authorisation
- Register of Irish Aquaculture Production Businesses
- Download the Application Form for the movement of wild mussels into aquaculture sites 2018.
- Movement of Wild Mussel Seed
- Transporting Aquaculture Animals
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Movement of mussel seed into areas are, in some circumstances, facilitated through the provision of an authorisation under The Molluscan Shellfish (Control of Deposits) Order 1974
In the Menai Strait all movement of mussel seed into the area are assessed through the application of the Code of Good Practice for mussel seed movements from the Bangor Mussel Producers Association
All mussel seed fisheries are authorised through the provision of authorisations that allow for the harvesting of undersized mussels. As all known source areas within the Eastern side of the Irish Sea also lie within areas managed for environmental protection (natura 2000 sites/European Marine sites) all mussel seed fisheries are assessed through the requirements of The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017
For movement of mussel to market – local authorities issue shellfish movement documents under the requirement of EU Reg 854/2004, which provides the recipient that shellfish are harvested from areas with the appropriate shellfish hygiene classification
- Shellfish Classification How production areas are classified, the method of treatment and how to apply for classification
- Fish, shellfish or crustacean farm authorisation
- The Molluscan Shellfish (Control of Deposits) Order 1974
- Code of Good Practice for mussel seed movements in the Menai Strait
- The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017
- EU Reg 854/2004