Use of alien and locally absent species

The present portal site hosts Belgium’s national register concerning the use of alien and locally absent species in aquaculture, in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 708/2007 of 11 June 2007.

Council Regulation (EC) No 708/2007 aims to establish a framework governing aquaculture practices in order to ensure adequate protection of the aquatic environment from the risks associated with the use of non-native and locally absent species in aquaculture. Any movement of alien aquatic organisms to aquaculture facilities therefore requires a permit from the competent authority of destination.

Pursuant to Article 23 of the Council Regulation, the register shall contain all introductions and translocations in Belgium. It shall also provide a historical record of all applications made and the associated documentation gathered before the issue of a permit and during the monitoring period.

As both the Belgian federal authority (as regards marine aquaculture) and the Regions (as regards aquaculture at regional level) are competent for implementing the Regulation, the federal portal site links to each of the registers developed by the federal and regional authorities:

Competent authority for Brussels :

Leefmilieu Brussel - BIM Bruxelles Environnement - IBGE
Afdeling Groene ruimten- Service des Espaces verts
Dpt. Biodiversiteit - Département Biodiversité
Thurn & Taxis-site - Site de Tour & Taxis
Havenlaan 86C - 3000 / Avenue du Port 86C
1000 Brussel / 1000 Bruxelles
Tél: +32 2 7757714 - Gsm: 0497/599.414

Link to the register :

Competent authority for the Federal authority:

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences- Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models (MUMM)
Gulledelle, 100
1200 Brussels (St Lambrechts-Woluwe/Woluwé-St Lambert)

Link to register :

Competent authority for Flanders :

Departement Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie
Afdeling Milieuvergunningen
Koning Albert II – laan 20 bus 8
1000 Brussel
Tel.: 02 553 79 97

Link to register:

Competent authority for Wallonia :

Direction Générale Opérationnelle
Agriculture, Ressources naturelles et Environnement (DGO 3)
Avenue Prince de Liège, 15 B-5100 NAMUR
Tél.: +32 (0) 81 33 51 16
Fax : +32 (0) 81 33 51 22
E-Mail :
Link to register :