Rule and Regulations on Water Quality: Shellfish Water

Over the last 20+ years we have developed our understanding of the many rules and regulation governing water quality and how they are implemented in Ireland and which our clients need to both be aware of and comply with, including:

  • Local Government (Water Pollution) Acts 1977-1990
  • EPA Acts 1990 – 2011
  • The Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC)
  • European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations 2003
  • Protection of the Environment Act 2003
  • Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011

Directive 2006/113/EC on the quality required of shellfish waters was implemented in Ireland by S.I. 268/2006 European Communities (Quality of Shellfish Waters) Regulations 2006 and S.I. No. 55/2009  – European Communities (Quality of Shellfish Waters) (Amendment) Regulations 2009

The Directive concerns the quality of shellfish waters, i.e. the waters suitable for the development of shellfish (bivalve and gasteropod molluscs).  It applies to those coastal and brackish waters which need protection or improvement in order to allow shellfish to develop and to contribute to the high quality of shellfish products intended for human consumption.

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Shellfish Waters Mandatory & Guide Values

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