More explicit regulations for welfare of farmed fish

12.10.2010

<p>A new Government Decree laying down detailed requirements for fish farming has been issued. The Decree to be adopted as of the beginning of November applies to fish farmed as production animals.</p>

No detailed national legislation pertaining to the welfare of farmed fish has existed before. The Decree to be adopted on 1 November 2010 lays down minimum requirements for fish farm structures, equipment, remediation and water quality, as well as for the equipment and accessories used in the handling of the fish. The Decree also defines minimum requirements for the monitoring and safeguarding of the wellbeing of the fish, and for the feeding and handling of fish and moving of fish within the fish farm.

The Decree is in certain parts also applied to fish farmed in natural food ponds. The requirements laid down in the Decree do not apply to fish kept as pets or to aquariums.

Requirements for fish farming also in other laws

The general requirements for animal welfare laid down in the Animal Welfare Act and Decree must also be complied with in fish farming. Specific requirements for the killing, slaughter and transport of fish are set out in animal welfare and animal transport regulations.

For more information, please contact: Taina Mikkonen, Section Head, tel. +358 (0) 40 830 8404 Sofia Väärikkälä, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0) 40 489 3357

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