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Movement Restrictions on Fish and Shellfish

If there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that any inland or marine waters are or may become infected with a notifiable disease, the Scottish Minsters may designate those waters in order to prevent the spread of disease.

Restricting movements of aquatic animals is a vital measure in controlling the spread of disease. The Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulations 2009 ('the Regulations') transpose Council Directive 2006/88/EC into Scottish law and part 4 of these Regulations details the controls in place regarding the notification and control of disease outbreaks. There are three types of movement restriction that can be placed under the Regulations. They are:

Confirmed Designation Notices (CDNs) are served:

  • when the presence of a notifiable disease is confirmed in samples taken from a site

CDNs are made under regulation 28 of The Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulations 2009 and designate an area that it considers appropriate to prevent or limit the spread of a confirmed listed disease or emerging disease that is present. When a CDN is applied the information is published on this website in the Recent CDNs section. In addition to this, maps of all active movement restrictions are also published on this website.

Initial Designation Notices (IDNs) are served:

  • when there is sufficient evidence to suspect the presence of a notifiable disease on a site
  • when there is sufficient evidence to suspect that the farm may become infected with a notifiable disease

IDNs are made under regulation 24 of The Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulations 2009 and designate an area that it considers appropriate to prevent or limit the spread of a suspected listed disease or emerging disease that is present or may become present.

Staff Prohibition Notices (SPNs) are served;

  • when the presence of a notifiable disease is confirmed in samples taken from a site, and
  • there is a requirement to control the movement of people into and out of the controlled area.

SPNs are served under Regulation 30(4) of the Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulations 2009 ("the 2009 Regulations"). It gives powers to an inspector to prohibit any person from entering any confirmed designation area unless consented in the SPN.

Both the IDN and CDN may make it an offence to (except with the Scottish Ministers' written approval);

  • move any aquatic animal into or out of the designated area
  • dispose of any dead aquatic animal which comes from that area
  • move any equipment, material or substance liable to transmit disease into or out of that area or any part of that area
  • move any means of transport liable to transmit disease into or out of that area or any part of that area

Not all IDNs and CDNs will restrict all the activities detailed above. Information on the restrictions imposed is detailed on the specific notice.

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