Agriculture: Farmed fish, including crustaceans and molluscs, which are to be released into natural waters.
The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management's regulations on the restocking or translocation of fish in the wild
To release fish into a water area, a permit is required from the county administrative board in accordance with the Ordinance (1994:1716) on fishing, aquaculture and the fishing industry (the Fisheries Ordinance). In accordance with the Fisheries Ordinance in its current wording, permits for restocking or translocation can not be granted if there is a risk of spreading infectious diseases or for species or strains that are not suitable for the specific nature of the water area. The proposed regulations are intended to replace Swedish National Board of
Fisheries' regulations (FIFS 2011:13) for the restocking and translocation of fish in cases other than between fish farms and is to be applied in the county administrative board's permit examination. For the most part, previous provisions are retained but are adapted partly to comply with the EU's new Animal Health Law, which enters into force on 21 April 2021, and partly for reasons of species protection. The amendments are designed based on current knowledge and national environmental goals.
In order to protect Swedish natural waters, the draft Regulation contains the following provisions of a technical nature:
- Requirement that a holding of dispatch is to have been sampled with a negative result in the same calendar year as the restocking is to take place.
- The restocking of carp may only take place in water where restocking permits have previously been issued and where the species occurs today.
- It is no longer permitted to release the species brook trout, lake trout or splake.
- Salmon-like fish of the family Salmonidae must not be restocked in designated watercourses along the west coast and not into watercourses that reach into Norway.
- Water exchange during transport of live fish for restocking may only take place after consultation with the county administrative board.
- Aquatic crustaceans introduced alive into Sweden from another country for consumption, can not be stored in a corve or similar device located in the sea or in a freshwater area.