Moving fish and shellfish
Moving fish and shellfish is regulated to prevent inappropriate introductions which can spread disease and cause damage to farms, fisheries and the environment.
You don’t need special licences or permission for moving between authorised fish farms, but you must observe certain conditions. Any movements to and from any other inland waters need consent from the Environment Agency before they can be made.
You also have legal responsibilities when you transport live fish. These include a number of biosecurity measures designed to prevent disease being spread, as well as record keeping requirements when fish are transported.
This guide explains the consents that you need to get before you introduce fish and crayfish to your waters or remove them. It also provides guidance on transporting fish and gives details of the information you need to record for each journey.