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Diseases of Fish (Control) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Regulation 2(1)

SCHEDULE 1Amendments

1.  Council Directive 90/667/EEC (O.J. No. L363, 27.12.90, p. 51) has been amended by, and must be read subject to:

Council Directive 92/118/EEC (O.J. L62, 15.3.93, p. 49).

2.  Council Directive 91/67/EEC (O.J. No. L46, 19.2.91, p. 1) has been amended by, and must be read subject to:

Council Directive 93/54/EEC (O.J. L175, 19.7.93, p. 34).

Regulation 3

SCHEDULE 2Information to be Collected in the Official Census

In relation to each farm the official census shall contain the information set out below—

(a)species and categories of fish at the farm;

(b)for each species and category of fish at the farm:—

(i)the number of dead fish;

(ii)the number of infected fish;

(iii)the number of fish suspected of being infected;

(iv)the number of contaminated fish;

(c)the identity of the disease with which the fish at the farm are infected or suspected of being infected.

Regulations 2, 4, 5 and 6

SCHEDULE 3List of Diseases

Part I

1.  Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA).

Part II

1.  Infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN).

2.  Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS).

Regulations 4 and 6

SCHEDULE 4Control Measures to be Taken until Suspicion of Disease is Confirmed

1.  A person shall not—

(a)bring on to or remove from the farm at which the outbreak of disease is suspected any fish whether alive or dead, eggs or gametes;

(b)dispose of any dead fish or their offal at that farm except under the supervision of the Department;

(c)bring on to or take from that farm any equipment, material or substances liable to transmit disease;

(d)enter on to or exit from that farm;

(e)bring a vehicle on to or take a vehicle from that farm;

(f)remove any fish, whether alive or dead, eggs or gametes from any other farm which is—

(i)in the same water catchment area or coastal area as the farm at which the outbreak of disease is suspected, and

(ii)whose owners or keepers have been notified that their farm is under surveillance for disease;

without the written authorisation of the Department to do so.

2.  The occupier of the farm at which the outbreak of disease is suspected shall disinfect the entrances to and exits from the farm in such manner as may be specified by the Department.

Regulations 5 and 7

SCHEDULE 5Control Measures to be Taken when Presence of Disease is Confirmed

The occupier of the farm, in compliance with a notice served on him by the Department under regulation 5 or regulation 7, shall—

(a)immediately remove all fish from the farm;

(b)where the farm is an inland farm, drain, clean and disinfect all pools;

(c)kill and destroy live fish showing clinical signs of disease and destroy all eggs, gametes, and dead fish, under the supervision of the Department and in accordance with the provisions of Directive 90/667/EEC relating to the processing or disposal of high-risk material;

(d)(i)kill and destroy all other live fish, under the supervision of the Department and in accordance with the provisions of Directive 90/667/EEC; or

(ii)slaughter all other live fish, for marketing or processing for human consumption, under the supervision of the Department, but only if the fish have reached commercial size;

(e)clean and disinfect or destroy equipment, material or substances liable to be contaminated with the disease pathogen, under the supervision of the Department; and

(f)restock the farm with fish or eggs only after the Department so authorises by notice served on him.

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