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
- undertaking disease prevention and eradication measures
- applying controls to stop disease import and spread
- investigating unexplained mortalities
- advising on appropriate biosecurity and disease mitigation
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
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