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Fish Health Inspectorate


Cefas is committed is to protecting, enhancing and improving aquatic animal health in England and Wales. The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) is one of our specialist units responsible for fish and shellfish health matters, working on behalf of Defra in England and the Welsh Assembly Government in Wales.

The FHI's main objective is to prevent the introduction and spread of serious fish and shellfish disease in England and Wales. We achieve this by:

  • implementing and managing monitoring programmes
  • assessing the incidence, prevalence and significance of diseases
  • undertaking disease prevention and eradication measures
  • applying controls to stop disease import and spread
  • investigating unexplained mortalities
  • advising on appropriate biosecurity and disease mitigation measures.

With the support of Cefas' laboratory analytical services, the FHI utilises:

  • risk assessment and mathematical modelling techniques. These are used to predict the spread and transmission of disease between farmed and wild species.
  • contingency planning for disease outbreaks.

The FHI provides fish sampling for all major fish and shellfish diseases including koi herpesvirus (KHV), infectious salmon anaemia (ISA), viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS), infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN), bacterial kidney disease (BKD), white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), bonamiosis and marteiliosis.

Find out more

For more information about the FHI's responsibilities, current legislation, or forms and guidance, please visit the Aquatic Animal Health and Movements (AAHM) website: www.defra.gov.uk/aahm/.

Alternatively, contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0) 1305 206700
Email: fhi@cefas.co.uk

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Last Modified: 27 April 2014