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Abstract submission and conference registration for 18th EAFP conference - EAFP

  Abstract submission and conference registration is now open! 18th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish 4th – 8th September 2017, Belfast, Northern Ireland www.eafp2017.com Dear Colleagues, On behalf of the Council of the European Association of Fish Pathologists and the local Organising Committee we invite you to … Read More →
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EAFP Members - time to take action!
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Mycotoxins in Aquaculture [Infographic]

Mycotoxins in Aquaculture [Infographic] | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

Infographic from Biomin showing the most important facts about mycotoxins in aquaculture.

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Highlighting the problem of mycotoxins in aquafeeds
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Solving the $6 billion per year global aquaculture disease problem | Marine Science

A recent Newton Fund Researcher Links workshop on aquatic animal disease gave a group of 50 early career scientists from the UK and Thailand a chance to meet and discuss the biggest issues facing expansion of the global aquaculture industry: disease. The outcome was a focus on developing solutions and new scientific paradigms required to end an era of ‘disease infamy’ in this rapidly expanding global food industry.

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Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics & Other Chemicals in Aquaculture

Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics & Other Chemicals in Aquaculture | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

"All aquaculture operations have occasional demand for drugs, biologics, and other chemicals, collectively referred to as “regulated products”. The Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics, and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture was developed by the Fish Culture Section WGADCB as a comprehensive introduction to the use of regulated products in aquaculture and a resource for fisheries professionals. The Guide includes updated information on aquaculture drugs and contacts for providing feedback. A companion treatment calculator is available in both Excel 97-2003 (.xls) and Excel 2010 (.xlsx) formats. These tools are indispensable for those in need of detailed information regarding the legal and judicious use of these products in aquaculture."

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H2020 New Call for Access

H2020 New Call for Access | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
The AQUAEXCEL2020 project invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Transnational Access involves a research group in one country collaborating with one or more AQUAEXCEL2020 Infrastructures that are located in a different country to the applicant, and which offer facilities and expertise not available in their own country. The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (cage, pond, recirculation, flowthrough, hatchery and disease challenge); environments (freshwater, marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmonids, cold and warm water marine fish, freshwater fish and artemia); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health & welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring & management technologies). Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or in some cases two people to the chosen research infrastructure for periods of up to three months. Access to the research infrastructures and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for under the project. The establishment of new transnational collaborations is strongly encouraged, as well as the participation by SMEs.
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The Second Call for AQUAEXCEL Transnational Access Projects is now open with a deadline of 8th July.
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Gent University: INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME ON HEALTH MANAGEMENT IN AQUACULTURE

Gent University: INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME  ON HEALTH MANAGEMENT IN AQUACULTURE | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
19 September - 17 December 2016, Gent University.

The training programme consists of theoretical parts: lectures, case studies, peer-to-peer teaching; and practical parts: wet lab experience (for instance on biofloc operation) and study visits. The lectures, which will include microteaching sessions, will make up the majority of the program. Over a period of 10 weeks, 4 courses will be taught: 

Diseases in Aquaculture by Prof. Peter Bossier & Prof. Annemie Decostere 
Virology by Prof. Hans Nauwynck 
Microbial Community Management by Dr. Peter De Schryver Immunology by Prof. Daisy Vanrompay
 
A number of guest lectures by international authorities is foreseen by Prof. Yoram Avnimelech, Prof. Jorge Galindo-Villegas and Prof. Olav Vadstein.
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MSD Animal Health Hosts Fish Health Workshops

MSD Animal Health Hosts Fish Health Workshops | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
UK - The team from MSD Animal Health, hosted three events across Scotland, to share results of its latest fish health monitoring programmes.
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The Basics of Aquatic Medicine - Webinar

The Basics of Aquatic Medicine - Webinar | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

'Welcome to the 2nd live webinar hosted by WAVMA and IVSA Standing Committee on Veterinary Education (SCoVE)! In this webinar, world leading aquatic medicine specialist Chris Walster will be talking about 'The basics of aquatic medicine' and 'What Vets need to know about fish?'.

 

This unique webinar will provide a fresh insight into the medicine of aquatic species, plus a vets role in the fish world.

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18th March 2016 at 18:00 GMT
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Bacterial Disease is Leading Cause of Mortality in Lumpfish

Bacterial Disease is Leading Cause of Mortality in Lumpfish | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
NORWAY - A new study by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry Research Fund (FHF) has identified atypical furunculosis as the "worst offender" of bacterial diseases in lumpfish.
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First Complete Picture of Salmon Gut Bacteria will Help Industry Sustainability

First Complete Picture of Salmon Gut Bacteria will Help Industry Sustainability | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

UK - Researchers from around the world are paving the way for a more ecologically sustainable salmon farming industry with the first complete picture of wild Atlantic salmon gut bacteria.This week, researcher Dr Martin Llewellyn (Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow) and co-workers in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, USA and Wales took a first step towards understanding the role of salmon gut bacteria in salmon health. After two years intensive sampling from adult salmon feeding grounds in West Greenland, returning adults and freshwater juvenile salmon in Canada and Ireland, they have developed the first compete picture of wild Atlantic Salmon gut bacterial diversity across the distribution of the species. The data show that bacterial community composition within the gut was not significantly impacted by geography. Instead life-cycle stage (parr, smolt, adult) strongly defined both the diversity and identity of gut microbial assemblages in the gut, with evidence for community destabilisation in migratory phases. Amongst other observations, Mycoplasmas were recovered in all life-cycle stages in huge abundance, suggesting a potentially vital role for this class of bacteria for gut health. 

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Smart Shrimp Aquaculture Workshop 20-22 January 2016, Thailand

Smart Shrimp Aquaculture Workshop 20-22 January 2016, Thailand | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
Shrimp farming industry is currently passing through a challenging phase, mostly because of disease conditions like the Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND), still popular worldwide as EMS - the Early Mortality Syndrome, and that caused by the microsporidian parasite Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP). These are widespread in Thailand and are feared to take new forms across diverse farming situations. Many shrimp farmers have no clue as to how this critical situation could be controlled. To manage these and the emerging challenges, farmers at the regional level need to be updated with the latest research, and also acquire adequate expertise and practical skills to efficiently organize their resources for achieving improved production levels. This workshop on Smart shrimp farming is organized jointly by Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand; Asian Pacific Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society; and Blue Aqua International Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand. 
 
The workshop will bring together world’s leading experts who will present many proven solutions to stem the EMS tide and set the goal for a more prosperous shrimp farming using the latest technological advancements on the topic. It is hoped that the event will be greatly beneficial for participants to generate a wealth of information from and apply these techniques for improving shrimp production in their aquaculture enterprises.
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Sustainable Aquaculture Courses: Webinar - The Fish Site

Sustainable Aquaculture Courses: Webinar - The Fish Site | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

The Fish Vet Group and St Andrews University are making recorded webinars associated with their courses in sustainable aquaculture available via The Fish Site. The latest recordings are on parasites of aquaculture species.

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Genetic variation for resistance to WSS, AHPND in Pacific white shrimp | The Advocate

Genetic variation for resistance to WSS, AHPND in Pacific white shrimp | The Advocate | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

White spot syndrome (WSS) and acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) have become the main causes of economic loss in shrimp production worldwide. Prevention of these diseases is very difficult to achieve, and efforts to control them have often seen inconsistent results. Moreover, some intensive production systems seem to favor their rapid spread.

In such scenarios, breeding for disease resistance is a viable option to deal with this issue in commercial shrimp culture. Breeding shrimp for disease resistance is worthwhile when there are no other simple, cost-effective control measures, and there are genetic differences for resistance to the pathogen.

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Good to see this research ongoing - clearly challenging though.

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Scottish salmon farming's sea lice 'crisis' - BBC News

Scottish salmon farming's sea lice 'crisis' - BBC News | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
The Scottish salmon farming industry is facing major problems from sea lice, which have led to a cut in output and fast rising costs.
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New products and management approaches are being tested or introduced, but so far, sea lice are proving highly resilient and costly!
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New Paradigms to Help Solve the Global Aquaculture Disease Crisis

New Paradigms to Help Solve the Global Aquaculture Disease Crisis | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
Aquatic environments impose a constant and omnipresent risk of pathogen exposure to resident hosts, perhaps even more so than terrestrial systems. Poor knowledge of background microbial diversity in farm systems leads to frequent emergence of previously unknown pathogens, surprising farmers and creating shock in the wider value chain. Scientific (pathology, systematics, diagnostics) and political (trade legislation, listing) responses to emergence are largely reactive and often slow, facilitating local–global transfer of pathogens via trading in live animals and products....

Stentiford GD, Sritunyalucksana K, Flegel TW, Williams BAP, Withyachumnarnkul B, Itsathitphaisarn O, et al. (2017) New Paradigms to Help Solve the Global Aquaculture Disease Crisis. PLoS Pathog 13(2): e1006160. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1006160


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Time to stand back and take a more strategic overview...
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The Aquaculturists: 19/07/2016: Benchmark’s new seabass vaccine commences commercial field trials

The Aquaculturists: 19/07/2016: Benchmark’s new seabass vaccine commences commercial field trials | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

Benchmark’s new seabass vaccine for nodavirus commences commercial field trials.


Via Perendale Publishers (Tuti Tan)
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European Association of Fish Pathologists | 2nd Meeting – Stirling September 2016

European Association of Fish Pathologists | 2nd Meeting – Stirling September 2016 | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

Conference topics include: 

Major disease challenges to the salmonid industry 
Major disease challenges to ornamental, cyprinid, shellfish, marine and wild fish industries 
Cleaner fish health
Future technologies and challenges 
Funding opportunities

Use e-mail link on page for further detials. Online registrations via http://shop.stir.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=27 ;
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MSc in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health: City University of Hong Kong

MSc in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health: City University of Hong Kong | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
City University of Hong Kong’s School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with the University of Stirling (Scotland), will be introducing an MSc in AQUATIC PRODUCTION AND VETERINARY HEALTH in September 2016. The demand for aquatic food worldwide is increasing significantly and at the same time there is pressure for more efficient production and safe food while taking into account the environmental and sustainability issues throughout the entire aquatic food value chain. This programme responds to the large global prevalence of aquatic products and the rising demand in the aquatic industry in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Most aquatic-related master’s programmes in the region approach aquatic production from marine biology, ecology, or environmental perspectives. This MSc programme is differentiated by its focus on aquatic production with a veterinary element, and will attract industry professionals who are seeking to deepen their knowledge in order to advance their careers moving on from production roles into specialist roles.
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With the ongoing development of the aquaculture industry and continual challenge of good health management, this new option in Asia for aquatic heath management training should be of interest to companies and individuals alike.
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Using the H-index to assess disease priorities for salmon aquaculture

Using the H-index to assess disease priorities for salmon aquaculture | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
Preventive Veterinary Medicine Volume 126, 1 April 2016, Pages 199–207

Alexander G. Murraya, Maya Wardehb & K. Marie McIntyreb

Highlights 
• Ranking pathogens of salmon aquaculture is difficult. 
• We use publication trends and H-index to rank pathogens. 
• Sea lice, infectious salmon anaemia, furunculosis have highest H-indices. 
• Bacterial publications in decline, reflects vaccination. 
• Virus and sea lice publications increasing reflecting emerging problems.
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Turbot: The First Vertebrate to be Sequenced in Spain

Turbot: The First Vertebrate to be Sequenced in Spain | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
SPAIN - Scientists from CSIC and the University of Santiago de Compostela have led the field in identifying the genes of turbot which give clues into disease resistance.
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NMBU-researchers have developed new model for vaccine trials in tilapia

NMBU-researchers have developed new model for vaccine trials in tilapia | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
Global intensification of tilapia production has raised questions on its susceptibility to a number of bacterial diseases.  Francisellosis is one of the most devastating tilapia infections and has a troubling impact on the tilapia production.

Researchers at NMBU’s Department of Food Safety and Infection Biology (Matinf) have recently developed a new cohabitation model for vaccine trials in tilapia, and conducted a unique experiment which have never been conducted in Norway before.
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How Norway Avoids Antibiotics in Aquaculture

How Norway Avoids Antibiotics in Aquaculture | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
NORWAY - Over the past few years Norway has cut its antibiotic use in salmon farming to virtually zero. This has led to a flourishing industry and a reduction in the risk of antibiotic resistance in humans.
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The success of vaccines and other health management strategies in reducing the need for antibiotics in salmon farming is well documented, but the headline numbers here are still striking - Norway's salmon farms hold more than double the biomass of the human population whilst antibiotic use is less than 2% of that used for human health in the country.

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Draft Genome Sequence of Non-Vibrio parahaemolyticus Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease Strain KC13.17.5, Isolated from Diseased Shrimp in Vietnam

Draft Genome Sequence of Non-Vibrio parahaemolyticus Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease Strain KC13.17.5, Isolated from Diseased Shrimp in Vietnam | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

A strain of Vibrio (KC13.17.5) causing acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) in shrimp in northern Vietnam was isolated. Normally, AHPND is caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus, but the genomic sequence of the strain indicated that it belonged to Vibrio harveyi. The sequence data included plasmid-like sequences and putative virulence genes.

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Flavobacterium 2015 October 27-29, 2015 Auburn University Auburn, AL, USA

Flavobacterium 2015 October 27-29, 2015 Auburn University Auburn, AL, USA | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

The 4th International Conference on members of the genus Flavobacterium will begin on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 and end Thursday, October 29th. The meeting will take place in the city of Auburn, a small but thriving community in the state of Alabama and home to Auburn University.


This conference is a continuation of previous Flavobacterium meetings held at Shepherdstown, WV, USA (2007), Paris, France (2009), and Turku, Finland (2012). The main focus of this conference will be on fish pathogens, but there will be specific sessions dedicated to the biology, diversity, physiology, and genetics of non-pathogenic members of the genus as well as to fish pathogens of related genera such as Tenacibaculum and Chryseobacterium.

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