Movements of live fish within the EU are generally permitted between geographic areas (termed zones) or farms of equivalent health status, or from zones of high status to those of lower status.

Great Britain is an Approved Zone for Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis (IHN) and Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (VHS) and has additional guarantees for Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC) and Gyrodactylus salaris (GS). Under EU rules Great Britain is able to impose tight restrictions on imports of fish, eggs and gametes.

Imports of live fish to Britain from elsewhere in the EU

Eyed trout over undergoing incubationThese rules are detailed and vary according to species (see Table 1) but,

must be accompanied by the appropriate movement document which has been signed by an official veterinary inspector of the exporting country

must be notified to The Fish Health Inspectorate in writing at least 24 hours prior to arrival. A form DOF 14 (Adobe PDF file, 35.2K) can be used for this purpose, sending it by post, fax or e-mail.
You need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view these documents.Please note all imports of fish eggs must be disinfected on arrival.
Which other zones have been approved as disease free areas?

An up to date list of Approved Zones and further information is obtainable from the Fish Health Inspectorate, at CEFAS Weymouth.

What are “Approved Farms”

EU Approved Farms are fish farms which, although not situated within an EU Approved Zone:

have been regularly tested and found free from appropriate notifiable diseases,
are supplied by well or borehole water
have a natural or artificial barrier between the farm and any migratory fish situated downstream.


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