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Control measures: fish diseases
Community measures have been adopted to combat certain fish diseases effectively in order to stop them spreading.
This Directive establishes minimum Community measures for combating certain fish diseases in order to stop them spreading within the European Union (EU). It will be repealed on 1 August 2008 in accordance with the Directive on animal health requirements for aquaculture animals and products thereof (See "related acts" below).
The diseases covered by the Directive are divided into two groups in accordance with the classification set out in the Directive on animal health requirements for aquaculture animals and products thereof:
- infectious salmon anaemia,
- viral haemorrhagic septicaemia, haematopoietic necrosis, bonamiosis and marteiliosis.
All farms that have fish susceptible to these diseases must keep an up-to-date register listing all fish arriving, leaving or dying at the farm.
If fish are suspected of being infected with one of these diseases, Member States must inform the official service that is to carry out the investigations necessary to confirm or rule out the presence of the disease.
This official service must immediately place the farm under surveillance until the presence of the suspected disease has been ruled out.
If the disease is confirmed to be present, the official service must take a number of additional measures, such as removing all live fish, disinfecting the pools and disposing of the diseased fish.
If there are suspected cases of one of these diseases on an approved farm, Member States must carry out an epizootic investigation. If this confirms the presence of the disease, the farm is considered suspect and the appropriate measures must be applied.
Where fish on a non-approved farm are suspected of being infected with one of these diseases, Member States must take a number of measures, including taking steps to confirm whether or not the disease is present and drawing up a list of infected farms.
Each Member State must designate a reference laboratory to carry out the analyses required by this Directive. These laboratories must cooperate with the Community reference laboratory in Aarhus (Denmark), whose role is coordinate and provide assistance.
Commission experts may carry out on-the-spot checks to verify that this Directive is being properly applied.
|Act||Entry into force - Date of expiry||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 93/53/EEC||19.7.1993||1.7.1994||OJ L 175, 19.7.1993|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 2000/27/EC||13.5.2000||1.12.2000||OJ L 114, 13.5.2000|
|Decision 2001/288/EC||10.4.2001||-||OJ L 99, 10.4.2001|
|Act of Accession of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia||1.5.2004||-||OJ L 236, 23.9.2003|
|Decision 2006/911/EC||12.12.2006||-||OJ L 346, 9.12.2006|
|Directive 2006/88/EC||13.12.2007||1.5.2008||OJ L 328, 24.11.2006|
|Directive 2006/104/EC||1.1.2007||-||OJ L 363, 20.12.2006|
|Decision 2007/729/CE||13.11.2007||-||OJ L 294, 13.11.2007|
For further information, please see the website of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection on the subject of trade in and importing of aquaculture animals, as well as the Community legislation on veterinary and zootechnical matters.