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Revision of Provisions for Water Treatment in Aquaculture

20 May 2013, at 1:00am

NORWAY - The Food Safety Authority (FSA) has started to revise the provisions on water treatment in aquaculture.

Provisions relating to water treatment are currently located in several different aquaculture regulations.

The provisions include requirements for admission to disinfect water and/or wastewater by an approved method and with approved equipment.

The purpose of these provisions is to prevent and limit the spread of diseases to aquaculture, wild fish and other aquatic animals.

FSA currently has requirements for water treatment among others in these regulations:

• Regulation 20 February 1997 192 for disinfection of intake water and wastewater from aquaculture-related activities.

• Regulation 17 June 2008 No. 822 concerning the operation of aquaculture facilities

• Regulations of 22 June 2009 No. 961 concerning special requirements for aquaculture-related activities in or near the national salmon rivers and national salmon fjords

• Regulations of 30 October 2006 No. 1250 on slaughterhouses

Water treatment is also likely to be considered in connection with the approval of aquaculture Regulations of 17 June 2008 No. 823 relating to the establishment and expansion of fish farms, pet shops, and more.

The National Veterinary Institute is assigned the task of approving equipment and the method of treatment.

FSA will conduct a review of the regulations to consider new requirements for the implementation and effectiveness and propose amendments to current legislation.

FSA will also consider whether one or both authentication schemes should be abolished, and who possibly should be the approval authority. FSA will make a clearing in the rules for getting the most appropriate placement of the provisions relating to water treatment.

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