16 Jul 2020
IFA WELCOMES FISH HEALTH REPORT WITH ‘HIGH LEVEL OF COMPLIANCE’ FOR IRISH AQUACULTUREAquaculture
IFA Aquaculture has welcomed the release of the Marine Institute’s fish health inspection and monitoring activities in 2018 and 2019. The report cited Irish aquaculture businesses as having ‘a high level of compliance with statutory requirements in the EU Fish Health Directive and associated national legislation’.
The report summarises the activities undertaken by the Fish Health Unit (FHU) of the Marine Institute (MI) in 2018 and 2019.
Ireland continues to maintain its high health status for aquatic animals, with 98% of the 384 aquaculture sites inspected having ‘no compliance issues’ or compliance issues considered ‘minor’.
IFA Aquaculture Chairman Michael Mulloy said, “Aquatic animal health regulations apply to all Irish aquaculture operators, finfish farms, shellfish farms and put and take fisheries. The regulation requires these businesses to obtain a Fish Health Authorisation from the Marine Institute. It’s of great credit to Irish aquaculture producers that there is such a high level of compliance with these obligations acknowledged by the competent authority”.
This report is the first published record of activities related to aquatic animal health. The aquaculture industry hopes to build a greater understanding of the issues relating to aquatic animal health in Ireland to increase engagement with all stakeholders.
A full copy of the report is available on the Marine Institute website: