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The Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulations 2009 require all ponds or other installations, where the population is maintained only for recreational fishing by re-stocking with aquaculture animals, to be registered by the Scottish Ministers. The registration procedure will be undertaken on behalf of the Scottish Ministers by the Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI).
In order to register a stocked fishery you must complete the 'Application to Register a Stocked Fishery (FIS)' form using the guidance provided.
Any fishery (game or coarse) which carries out movements of aquaculture animals off site to other fisheries or other holding facilities, will instead be required to be authorised as an Aquaculture Production Business (APB).
River fisheries are only required to be registered where an installation (e.g. fence or other barrier) has been placed in order to contain the stocked fish.
Upon receipt of a fully-completed application form for the registration of a stocked fishery, a written notice will be issued by the FHI confirming the registration and unique registration number.