Use of Alien Species In Aquaculture

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
22 February 2011, at 12:00am

EUROPEAN UNION - The European Council has amended regulation (EC) No 708/2007 concerning the use of alien and locally absent species in aquaculture. This proposal was previously adopted by the European Parliament (61/1/10).

This regulation establishes a framework governing aquaculture practices in relation to alien and locally absent species to assess and minimise the possible impact on biodiversity of these species and any associated non-target species on aquatic habitats. The regulation includes provisions for the establishment of a permit system at national level.

The amendment aims to achieve the goal of the regulation by increasing the biosecurity of closed aquaculture facilities and listing the possible exemption of introductions and translocations of species for use in such facilities from the permit obligation.