Performing Fish Health Checks for fish movement purposes.

This Accreditation Scheme has been developed in response to discussions between the Environment Agency (EA) and the IFM. The IFM, as the professional and independent body for fisheries managers, has developed a system whereby the EA can use the IFM’s experience in assessing technical and vocational competence to accredit the skills of those performing fish health checks for the purposes of stocking fish. The aim of the scheme is for the IFM to provide a transparent system of evaluating the experience and technical ability of individuals to perform fish examinations to meet the requirements of the EA under the Keeping and Introduction of Fish (England and River Esk Catchment Area) Regulations 2015 and similar requirements under future legislation.

Click here for the current register.

NB. the registration of any individual does not imply a recommendation or indeed their suitability to undertake any specific task.

The scheme has been developed in consultation with fish health professionals and the EA. It will require participants’ “professional” membership of the IFM and involvement in its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme.

The accreditation scheme is designed to provide a transparent assessment scheme for people who do fish health checks, who are currently recognised by the EA and any that may wish to gain entry onto the register. The register will be maintained by the IFM.

How to apply

Application forms can be downloaded by clicking the following link: application form – pdf version or application form – Word version.

Please return your forms to the Membership officer, Iain Turner at or return by post using the address on the form.

For further information on moving fish see also

If you have any queries about the scheme and would like to discuss it with further, then please contact either:

Iain Turner – Institute of Fisheries Management
Tel: 0845 388 7012


Amy Reading – Environment Agency:
Tel: 01480 483969.

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