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FAO, AVA & Infofish: Conference on Responsible use of Antimicrobials in Fisheries

FAO, AVA & Infofish: Conference on Responsible use of Antimicrobials in Fisheries | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
Some 45 delegates from FAO member countries (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam), resource experts (China, Croatia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, USA), organizations (MSD Pharma Singapore, NACA, SEAFDEC-AQD) and FAO officers tackled the challenges and key issues concerning AMR in the aquatic sector. AMR occurs when microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites affecting humans, terrestrial & aquatic animals and plants) become resistant to antimicrobial agents, thus making infections or diseases caused by such microorganisms more difficult or impossible to treat. While antimicrobials play a critical role for ensuring health and productivity, their imprudent use and the associated emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant microorganisms place everyone at great risk.
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Call for Access | AQUAEXCEL2020

Call for Access | AQUAEXCEL2020 | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
8th Call for Transnational Access to AQUAEXCEL2020 Aquaculture Research Infrastructures launched. Short term access to 39 research facilities for any research groups. Applications from small and medium scale enterprises are particularly welcome.
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Wiley: Diagnosis and Control of Diseases of Fish and Shellfish - Brian Austin, Aweeda Newaj-Fyzul

Wiley: Diagnosis and Control of Diseases of Fish and Shellfish - Brian Austin, Aweeda Newaj-Fyzul | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
There has been a continual expansion in aquaculture, such that total production is fast approaching that of wild-caught fisheries. Yet the expansion is marred by continued problems of disease. New pathogens emerge, and others become associated with new conditions. Some of these pathogens become well established, and develop into major killers of aquatic species. Diagnosis and Control of Diseases of Fish and Shellfish focuses on the diagnosis and control of diseases of fish and shellfish, notably those affecting aquaculture. Divided into 12 chapters, the book discusses the range of bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens, their trends, emerging problems, and the relative significance to aquaculture. Developments in diagnostics and disease management, including the widespread use of serological and molecular methods, are presented. Application/dose and mode of action of prebiotics, probiotics and medicinal plant products used to control disease are examined, as well as the management and hygiene precautions that can be taken to prevent/control the spread of disease. This book will be a valuable resource for researchers, students, diagnosticians, veterinarians, fish pathologists and microbiologists concerned with the management of diseases of fish and shellfish.
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Urgent update on possible worldwide spread of tilapia lake virus (TiLV)

Urgent update on possible worldwide spread of tilapia lake virus (TiLV) | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

Based on movement records we have prepared a list of 43 countries that we believe have imported fish infected with tilapia lake virus and urge surveillance


The origin of the disease is currently unknown, but many countries have been translocating tilapia fry/fingerlings prior to and even after the description of TiLV. Based on records we could obtain about such translocations, we have prepared a map that contains a list of 5 countries with confirmed reports of TiLV infections and a list of 43 other countries that we believe have imported tilapia that may have been infected with TiLV. We hope that widespread surveillance for TiLV in the Tilapia industry and in translocated fish will help reduce the impact and spread of this disease.

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FAO :: Four-day workshop on shrimp infectious myonecrosis virus

FAO :: Four-day workshop on shrimp infectious myonecrosis virus | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in cooperation with the Brazil's Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services/MDIC, The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply/MAPA and the Brazilian Association of Shrimp Growers/ABCC, is tackling Infectious myonecrosis virus (IMNv), one of the most serious pathogens, affecting cultured whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei). Penaeus vannamei is a very important culture commodity with a global production worth almost USD 19 billion. This event, 4-day workshop, which started yesterday, is being carried out through an FAO Project "FAO – TCP/INT/3501: Strengthening biosecurity governance and capacities" for dealing with the serious shrimp infectious myonecrosis virus (IMNv) disease. The workshop is sharing information on Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems in the 6 participating countries and is developing a Disease Strategy Plan for IMNv. During the next three days, the workshop will prepare an active surveillance design for IMNv and a framework for developing a National Strategy on Aquatic Animal Health. The workshop will also deliberate on appropriate export/import sanitary measures/actions for live shrimp and shrimp products from countries that are free and countries that are not free from IMNv, as well as practical application of biosecurity zoning and maintenance of disease free status. Some 25 delegates representing China (Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences), Ecuador (National Fisheries Institute), Indonesia (Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries), Mexico (National Health Service, Food Safety and Quality), Thailand (Department of Fisheries), FAO experts from Canada, Chile and the USA and local Brazilians representing the government, producer and academic sectors are participating in this important event.
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Work on Trà Vinh’s First High-tech Shrimp Breeding Centre Begins

Work on Trà Vinh’s First High-tech Shrimp Breeding Centre Begins | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
VIET NAM - Thông Thuận Group started the construction of a high-tech shrimp breeding centre in the southern Trà Vinh Province’s Trường Long Hòa Commune on Saturday.
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5th Call for Transnational Access Projects | AQUAEXCEL2020

5th Call for Transnational Access Projects | AQUAEXCEL2020 | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
The Fifth Call for Transnational Projects to Access European Aquaculture Research Infrastructures is now open until 17th April 2017.
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Support for small research projects (up to 3 months) at 39 top aquaculture research infrastructures in Europe
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EAFP Workshop announcement - Neglected viral diseases affecting freshwater fish farming - EAFP

EAFP Workshop announcement - Neglected viral diseases affecting freshwater fish farming - EAFP | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
Open EAFP Workshop This open workshop will be organized by Olga Haenen (from WBVR, the Netherlands), Laurent Bigarré (from ANSES, France), Takafumi Ito (from NRIA, Japan), and Niccolò Vendramin (from the EURL for Fish Diseases). This workshop will deal with non-notifiable (but possibly emerging) viruses of farmed freshwater fish, such … Read More →
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Workshop announcement for 18th EAFP conference in Belfast  (4-8 Sept 2017) – "Neglected viral diseases affecting freshwater fish farming"
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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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Free fish health training course launched

Free fish health training course launched | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

A new online programme designed to help train fish farm workers on the key issues surrounding health and welfare of farmed fish is now available for free. This is an output of the EU funded Erasmus+ Healthy Fish project. The complete course involves 11 modules and is available in Spanish, English, Turkish, Italian and Croatian. 

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Sea Bass and Sea Bream: A Practical Approach to Disease Control and Health Management

Sea Bass and Sea Bream: A Practical Approach to Disease Control and Health Management | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

The aim of this book is to provide practical advice and awareness of health management and disease control in sea bass and sea bream, the most widely-farmed fish in the Mediterranean region. The prevention and control of the main pathologies affecting intensively-cultured marine fish species are of paramount importance. Farmed sea bass and sea bream are high-value fish, making significant contributions to the economies of many countries. This important book gives particular emphasis to rapid diagnosis and response to the most dangerous pathologies, which can cause severe economic losses in affected fish farms. Key features of the book Sea Bass and Sea Bream include: A clear layout and practical approach: easy to understand and implement Colour photographs of the main diseases and parasites affecting sea bass and sea bream A combination of the authors’ wide field-based experience in the diagnosis of fish diseases, with knowledge from a major fish diseases reference laboratory.

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European Association of Fish Pathologists' Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish approaching...

European Association of Fish Pathologists' Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish approaching... | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
Dear colleagues and friends of the international fish pathology community, We would very much like to welcome you to the 18th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish which takes place in Belfast in September 2017. Building on the success of previous meetings, we are delighted to host this conference that has clearly become the pre-eminent event in the field of fish disease internationally. We are proud of our city as a centre of research and learning with a proven track record of hosting major national and international congresses. The venue for the conference is the award winning Belfast Waterfront set on the banks of the River Lagan. We look forward to giving you a warm Belfast welcome in 2017.
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Call for Access | AQUAEXCEL2020

Call for Access | AQUAEXCEL2020 | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
AQUAEXCEL2020 Project: The 6th Call for Transnational Access to Aquaculture Research Infrastructures is now open - Opportunities for researchers from any country to travel to a different country and work at one of 39 leading research institutes for up to three months. Deadline for applications is 12th July 2017.
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Egypt rocked by tilapia virus scare

Egypt rocked by tilapia virus scare | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
A new virus that has decimated tilapia populations in Ecuador and Israel has now been found in Egypt, according to a new report from WorldFish and the University of Stirling.
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Fish Diseases - 1st Edition

Fish Diseases - 1st Edition | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it

Fish Diseases: Prevention and Control Strategies provides information on disease prevention and treatment by some of Newthe most experienced fish culturists in the industry. The book presents both traditional and novel methodologies of identifying and addressing fish disease risk, along with preventative and responsive insights to the challenges impacting fish production today. Both specific (vaccination) and non-specific (immunostimulation) approaches are explored, from maintaining optimal environmental conditions, to understanding how stressors in fish affect their immune system.

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New publication on fish diseases edited by Galina Jeney 
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Gill Health Initiative Meeting 2017

Gill Health Initiative Meeting 2017 | ASEM Aquaculture Health | Scoop.it
The next meeting of the Gill Health Initiative will be in Bergen on April 27-28th 2017
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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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