20.2.2015   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 47/22


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2015/278

of 18 February 2015

amending Decision 2010/221/EU as regards national measures for preventing the introduction of certain aquatic animal diseases into parts of Ireland, Finland, and the United Kingdom

(notified under document C(2015) 791)

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Directive 2006/88/EC of 24 October 2006 on animal health requirements for aquaculture animals and products thereof, and on the prevention and control of certain diseases in aquatic animals (1), and in particular Article 43(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Decision 2010/221/EU of 15 April 2010 approving national measures for limiting the impact of certain diseases in aquaculture animals and wild aquatic animals in accordance with Article 43 of Council Directive 2006/88/EC (2) allows certain Member States to apply placing on the market and import restrictions on consignments of aquatic animals in order to prevent the introduction of certain diseases into their territory, provided that they have either demonstrated that their territory, or certain demarcated areas of their territory, are free of such diseases or that they have established an eradication or surveillance programme to obtain such freedom.

(2)

Decision 2010/221/EU provides that the Member States and parts thereof listed in Annex I thereto are to be regarded as free from the diseases listed in that Annex. In addition, that Decision approved the eradication programmes adopted by certain Member States in respect of the areas and the diseases listed in Annex II thereto. That Decision also approved the surveillance programmes regarding ostreid herpesvirus 1 μνar (OsHV-1 μVar) adopted by certain Member States in respect of the areas set out in Annex III thereto.

(3)

Annex I to Decision 2010/221/EU currently lists the following parts of the United Kingdom as being free of ostreid herpesvirus 1 μνar (OsHV-1 μVar): the territory of Great Britain, except Whitstable Bay in Kent, Blackwater Estuary in Essex and Poole Harbour in Dorset, the area of Larne Lough in the territory of Northern Ireland and the territory of Guernsey.

(4)

The United Kingdom notified the Commission that OsHV-1 μVar was also detected in Crassostrea gigas from the River Crouch in Essex. This incident is a new outbreak of OsHV-1 μVar in an area included in the territory of Great Britain currently being declared free of the disease. The geographical demarcation of the areas of the United Kingdom with approved national measures listed in Annex I to Decision 2010/221/EU should therefore be amended.

(5)

The United Kingdom also informed the Commission that the entry of the geographical demarcation for the parts of Northern Ireland which are declared free of OsHV-1 μVar in Annex I to Decision 2010/221/EU is not in accordance with its declaration. The correct demarcation should be ‘The territory of Northern Ireland except Dundrum Bay, Killough Bay, Lough Foyle, Carlingford Lough and Strangford Lough’. Annex I should therefore be amended accordingly.

(6)

The continental parts of the territory of Finland are listed in Annex II to Decision 2010/221/EU as a territory with an approved eradication programme as regards bacterial kidney disease (BKD).

(7)

Accordingly, Decision 2010/221/EU approves certain national measures taken by Finland in relation to the movement of consignments of aquaculture animals of susceptible species into those areas. However, to allow for a re-evaluation of the appropriateness of those national measures, Article 3(2) of that Decision limits the authorisation to apply those measures in time until 31 December 2015.

(8)

Finland informed the Commission that it decided to withdraw BKD from the list of aquatic animal diseases to be controlled and eradicated on a mandatory basis in Finland. That decision entered into force on 1 December 2014. As a result, from that date on Finland no longer has an eradication programme for BKD in place as approved in accordance with Article 43 of Directive 2006/88/EC for the whole or parts of its territory. Consequently, the entry for Finland in Annex II to Decision 2010/221/EU should be deleted, and this amendment should apply from 1 December 2014.

(9)

Annex III to Decision 2010/221/EU currently lists seven compartments within the territory of Ireland with an approved surveillance programme as regards ostreid herpesvirus 1 μvar (OsHV-1 μVar).

(10)

Ireland has notified the Commission of the detection of OsHV-1 μVar in one of those compartments, namely Askeaton Bay in compartment 6. Consequently, the geographical demarcation of compartment 6 in the entry for Ireland in Annex III to Decision 2010/221/EU should be amended.

(11)

Decision 2010/221/EU should therefore be amended accordingly.

(12)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Annexes I, II and III to Decision 2010/221/EU are replaced by the text in the Annex to this Decision.

Article 2

This Decision shall apply from 1 December 2014.

Article 3

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 18 February 2015.

For the Commission

Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS

Member of the Commission


(1)   OJ L 328, 24.11.2006, p. 14.

(2)   OJ L 98, 20.4.2010, p. 7.


ANNEX

‘ANNEX I

Member States and areas regarded as being free of diseases listed in the table and approved to take national measures to prevent the introduction of those diseases in accordance with Article 43(2) of Directive 2006/88/EC

Disease

Member State

Code

Geographical demarcation of the area with approved national measures

Spring viraemia of carp (SVC)

Denmark

DK

Whole territory

Ireland

IE

Whole territory

Hungary

HU

Whole territory

Finland

FI

Whole territory

Sweden

SE

Whole territory

United Kingdom

UK

The whole territory of the United Kingdom

The territories of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man

Bacterial kidney disease (BKD)

Ireland

IE

Whole territory

United Kingdom

UK

The territory of Northern Ireland

The territories of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man

Infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN)

Finland

FI

The continental parts of the territory

Sweden

SE

The continental parts of the territory

United Kingdom

UK

The territory of the Isle of Man

Infections with Gyrodactylus salaris (GS)

Ireland

IE

Whole territory

Finland

FI

The water catchment areas of the Tenjoki and Näätämönjoki; the water catchment areas of the Paatsjoki, Tuulomajoki, and Uutuanjoki are considered as buffer zones

United Kingdom

UK

The whole territory of the United Kingdom

The territories of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man

Ostreid herpesvirus 1 μvar (OsHV-1 μVar)

United Kingdom

UK

The territory of Great Britain, except Whitstable Bay in Kent, Blackwater Estuary and River Crouch in Essex and Poole Harbour in Dorset

The territory of Northern Ireland except Dundrum Bay, Killough Bay, Lough Foyle, Carlingford Lough and Strangford Lough

The territory of Guernsey

‘ANNEX II

Member States and parts thereof with eradication programmes as regards certain diseases in aquaculture animals and approved to take national measures to control those diseases in accordance with Article 43(2) of Directive 2006/88/EC

Disease

Member State

Code

Geographical demarcation of the area with approved national measures

Bacterial kidney disease (BKD)

Sweden

SE

The continental parts of the territory

Infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPN)

Sweden

SE

The coastal parts of the territory

‘ANNEX III

Member States and areas with surveillance programmes regarding ostreid herpes virus 1 μvar (OsHV-1 μVar) and approved to take national measures to control that disease in accordance with Article 43(2) of Directive 2006/88/EC

Disease

Member State

Code

Geographical demarcation of the area with approved national measures (Member States, zones and compartments)

Ostreid herpesvirus 1 μvar (OsHV-1 μVar)

Ireland

IE

Compartment 1: Sheephaven Bay

Compartment 2: Gweebara Bay

Compartment 3: Killala, Broadhaven and Blacksod Bays

Compartment 4: Streamstown Bay

Compartment 5: Bertraghboy and Galway Bays

Compartment 6: Poulnasharry Bay

Compartment 7: Kenmare Bay