Our main objective is to prevent the introduction and spread of listed and emerging fish and shellfish diseases in Scotland. We do this by undertaking statutory inspection and sampling  programmes, providing advice to stakeholders and implementing regulatory functions in accordance with the current aquaculture and aquatic animals health regulations. Read the Fish Health Inspectorate Service Charter.

The advice and regulation we provide is backed by high quality research and is delivered with wider collaboration within Marine Scotland, when and where necessary.

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Fish health inspectors are appointed by the Scottish Ministers to act as inspectors under the aquaculture and aquatic animal health regulations.

Wherever possible, inspectors will advise and assist in compliance with the regulations.

Fish health inspectors carry out inspection and testing of fish and shellfish farms to:

  • maintain the status of Great Britain as an approved zone for various diseases of fish and shellfish
  • fulfil the monitoring required in support of the additional guarantees afforded by the European Commission for the importation of live aquaculture animals or products to prevent the introduction of  Gyrodactylus salaris  and other diseases
  • continue surveillance for listed diseases
  • ensure the Scottish aquaculture industry continue to demonstrate satisfactory measures are in place for the prevention, control and reduction of sea lice on farm sites
  • ensure the Scottish aquaculture industry continue to demonstrate satisfactory measures are in place for the containment of aquaculture animals
  • undertake sampling for veterinary medicines residue testing on behalf of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Bills and legislation

The majority of the Fish Health Inspectorate's work is carried out under the following legislation concerning Aquaculture and Aquatic Animal Health:


Email: ms.fishhealth@gov.scot

Telephone: +44 (0) 131 244 3498


Fish Health Inspectorate
Marine Scotland
Marine Laboratory
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB

If an urgent matter related to the issues listed above arises outside normal office hours, you can telephone the On Call Inspector for assistance on +44 (0)131 244 1833.