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The Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulations 2009

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Disease prevention requirements in respect of transport

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19.—(1) It is an offence to transport any aquaculture animal in a manner which does not fulfil any of the requirements in paragraph (2).

(2) The requirements are–

(a)the duration of the transport must be as short as reasonably possible;

(b)the means of transport must be cleaned and disinfected before dispatch;

(c)if the animal is transported overland in water–

(i)it must be transported in such a way that the water cannot escape from the means of transport; and

(ii)any water exchange is carried out only at a water station which the competent authority has approved; and

(d)the conditions of transport must minimise the risk of spreading disease to–

(i)the animal being transported;

(ii)any aquatic animal at any place of transit;

(iii)any aquatic animal at the place of destination.

(3) Where a person imports from a third country any aquaculture animal which is intended for quarantine the animal must be transported directly from the border inspection post to a quarantine facility.

(4) The operator of a quarantine facility must not release an aquaculture animal from a quarantine facility without the prior written consent of the competent authority.

(5) In paragraphs (3) and (4)–

(a)“border inspection post” means, in relation to a species of animal, a place for the time being specified in relation to that species in Schedule 2 to the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Regulations 2007(1);

(b)“quarantine facility” has the meaning given in Article 2(1) of Commission Decision 2008/946/EC(2) on implementing Council Directive 2006/88/EC as regards requirements for quarantine of aquaculture animals.

(6) It is an offence not to comply with paragraph (3) or (4).

(1)

S.S.I. 2007/194, as amended by S.S.I. 2007/375 and 2008/155.

(2)

O.J. No. L 337, 16.12.2008, p.94.

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