Diagnostic Technology

New Diagnostic Technology: Applications in Animal Health and Biologics Control, Saint-Malo France, 3-5 October, 2005
This conference will be held in Saint-Malo France on 3-5 October, 2005. Five Key Sessions include: I: Principles of Novel Techniques, Tests Description and Potentialities II: Standardisation, Validation and Overcoming the Problems of Molecular Diagnostic Methods III: Application in Detetction of Pathogens and Screening Programmes IV: Certainties and Uncertainties of Agent or Toxin Identification by Molecular Methods V: Examples of Application in Quality Control of Human and Veterinary Vaccines [ more… ]
last update: 4/29/2005
PANDA Workshop – “Critical review of fish Health strategies – Clinical efficacy and Environmental impact” – Hydra Island – Greece – Melina Merkouri Hall – 22nd May 2005
The aim of the PANDA project (www.europand.net) is to establish a permanent network of aquatic animal health specialists, including researchers and diagnosticians, to provide a forum for the debate of issues concerning diseases in European aquaculture, and to communicate the results to the European Commission, so as to provide advice on EU policy and legislation for aquatic animal health. The project is funded by the EU Framework Programme 6 under the theme of scientific advice in support of policy; contract number SSPE-CT-2003-502329. FEAP and its representative, Dr. Panos Christofilogiannis, is the leader of PANDA Work Package that covers the development of Environmentally-Safe Disease Strategies. Taking the opportunity of the FEAP 2005 AGM in Hydra Island, FEAP along with the PANDA Consortium members is organizing a top-level technical workshop where prominent scientists, pharmaceutical company experts, fish veterinarians and pathologists, fish farmers and administrators will question currently available strategies in fish health management and suggest alternatives for the sustainability of the European fish farming sector. [ more… ]
last update: 4/29/2005
INTERVET Seminar on “Fish Vaccination in the Asia-Pacific Region” during World Aquaculture 2005 in Bali.
Intervet cordially invites everyone to the above seminar which will be held on 11 May 2005 at Hibiscus Room, Westin Conference Centre from 1640-2030 hrs. [ more… ]
last update: 4/29/2005
DAA VI Website launched – http://www.daasix.org
The Executive Committee of the Fish Health Section of the Asian Fisheries Society (FHS/AFS) and the International Scientific Programme Committee (ISPC) are pleased to inform that the official website for the 6th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAAVI) is now available online at http://www.daasix.org/. [ more… ]
last update: 4/29/2005
Advances in Shrimp Biotechnology
In conjunction with the upcoming 7th Asian Fisheries Forum, Asian Fisheries Society, Penang, Malaysia, 30 November to 4 December 2004, this is a follow-up workshop to the one held at the 5th Asian Fisheries Forum that was held in Chiangmai, Thailand in 1998. In the intervening 6 years since the 5th Forum, much has happened in this field and 2004 will be an excellent occasion for another review. [ more… ]
last update: 10/12/2004
ASEM Aquaculture Platform – Aquaculture Animal Health Improvement
The purpose of the workshop is to bring together experts from the different stakeholder groups (academics, industry, policy) to formulate common strategies around selected topics (e.g. diagnostics, intercalibration and certification, epidemiology, health management, vaccine development, etc.). The workshop proceedings will guide EU priorities for research funding.[ more… ]
last update: 10/12/2004
First Announcement: 6th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA VI)
The Fish Health Section (FHS) of the Asian Fisheries Society is proud to announce the “6th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA VI)” with the theme “Aquatic Animal Health – Facing New Challenges” to be held on 25-28 October 2005 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A workshop, a training course, an expert consultation and the 7th Triennial General Meeting (TGM-7) of FHS are being planned in conjunction with DAA VI. Details will be made available through a dedicated website to be launched in October. [ more… ]
last update: 10/4/2004
Building capacity to combat invasive alien species and associated trans-boundary pathogens in ASEAN countries
A Joint ASEAN-U.S. Project on Invasive Alien Species in Aquaculture, this Project will primarily address ‘health, pathogens and IAS’ of aquatic animals and the implications and risks of trade and movement (introduction and transfers) on environmental health, biosecurity, and the broader issue of biodiversity and exotic species movement. NACA has been contracted to implement the project through a regional workshop that will be organized in July 2004.

Further details could be obtained from Dr. Michael Phillips at NACA Headquarters in Bangkok[ more… ]
last update: 7/8/2004
Workshop on Preparedness and Response to Aquatic Animal Health Emergencies will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia in September 2004.
FAO in partnership with the Government of Indonesia, the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) and the WorldFish Centre (WFC) is organizing a workshop entitled “Emergency Preparedness and Response to Aquatic Animal Diseases in Asia”. The Workshop will review the regional experiences in responding to disease emergencies, including the work accomplished through an FAO Technical Cooperation Programme project in Indonesia aimed at providing technical assistance to improve national capacity to respond to the ongoing carp disease epizootic. This regional workshop will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 21-23 September 2004. [ more… ]
last update: 5/3/2004
A Colour Atlas of Diseases of Yellowtail (Seriola) Fish
Written by Dr. Mark Sheppard, Canadian veterinarian, a new publication (in Japanese and originally in English) “A Colour Atlas of Diseases of Yellowtail (Seriola) Fish” is now available. A useful diagnostic field guide for fish farmers, fish health professionals, laboratory technicians and students, this book contains 30 pages of high resolution, detailed pathology photomicrographs of most commonly found diseases of yellowtail. More details can be found at http://oberon.ark.com/~svs/index_files/svsindexfile5.html [ more… ]
last update: 5/6/2005
10th Issue Intervet Aquatic Animal Health Newsletter
The tenth issue of the Intervet AAH Newsletter is now available as a PDF file. It is a special edition celebrating 20 years of experience in aquatic animal health, 5 years establishment of the Singapore R&D; center, and the first fish vaccines for Asia, etc. [ more… ]
last update: 5/6/2005
2004/4 Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Report (QAAD Asia-Pacific)
The Quarterly aquatic animal disease (QAAD) reporting system for the Asia-Pacific region was developed and implemented jointly by NACA/FAO/OIE in 1998 and has now become one of the key activities of NACA’s regional aquatic animal health management program. The fourth quarterly issue for 2004 (2004/4, October to December) is now available for free download at: http://www.enaca.org/Health/QAAD/QAAD-2004-4.pdf [ more… ]
last update: 5/6/2005
NEW PUBLICATION – Histological Techniques for Marine Bivalve Molluscs and Crustaceans
A new publication by DW Howard, EJ Lewis, BJ Keller and CS Smith of the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory, Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, NOAA. This is an invaluable guide to histological techniques of shellfish, principally molluscs and crustaceans which every aquatic animal health researcher should have.[ more… ]
last update: 4/29/2005
Aquaculture Health International – A New Magazine for Fish & Shellfish Health Professionals…
May 2005 will see the launch of ‘Aquaculture Health International’, a high quality magazine produced jointly by Patterson Peddie Consulting Ltd in the UK and VIP Publications Ltd in New Zealand. Initially published on a quarterly basis, ‘Aquaculture Health International’ will be available in both online (pdf) and printed formats (ISSN 1176-8630). Our target readership is broad and includes fish health researchers, academics, veterinarians, fish health biologists, government scientists, pharmaceutical companies, fish farmers (finfish and shellfish) and aquaculture consultants. The aim of ‘Aquaculture Health International’ is to provide a lively mix of global fish health news, feature articles and a focus on diagnostic laboratories and their services. We also envisage including conference reports and book reviews on a regular basis.[ more… ]
last update: 4/29/2005
Capacity and Awareness Building on Import Risk Analysis (IRA) for Aquatic Animals (FWG/01/2002)
Proceedings of the Workshops held 1-6 April 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand and 12-17 August 2002 in Mazatlan, Mexico, 192 pp. APEC FWG 01/2002, NACA, Bangkok. This project is a cooperative work of APEC, Thailand’s Department of Fisheries, Mexico’s SAGARPA/INP/CONAPESCA, NACA, FAO and OIE. Contains 25 papers divided into 5 sections: (a) Background for Risk Analysis; (b) Risk Analysis Process; (c) Risk Analysis and the World Trade Organization: (d) Country Experiences; and (e) National Strategies for Aquatic Animal Health. [ more… ]
last update: 10/18/2004
Manual on Risk Analysis for the Safe Movement of Aquatic Animals (FWG/01/2002)
This Manual was prepared as an output of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Fisheries Working Group (FWG) project APEC FWG 01/2002 “Capacity and Awareness Building on Import Risk Analysis (IRA) for Aquatic Animals. This project is a cooperative work of APEC, Thailand’s Department of Fisheries, Mexico’s SAGARPA/INP/CONAPESCA, NACA, FAO and OIE. The initial sections of the manual provide information and guidance on how risk analysis facilitates trade while protecting national biological, social and economic resources; a brief review of pertinent international agreements and responsibilities; and a discussion of the issues surrounding the development of national policy and legislation. Following sections then provide a general overview of the process and the mechanisms needed (expertise, procedures, scoping an analysis, etc.) to begin a risk analysis. The individual components (risk communication, hazard identification, risk assessment and risk management) are then discussed in detail. The remaining sections address some other important considerations, such as the use of “in-house” vs more extensive risk analysis, the importance of good scientific review, qualitative and quantitative approaches to risk analysis, the precautionary approach, developing countries and risk analysis, and the role of politics and science in the risk analysis process. Hypothetical examples of various risk analysis scenarios are presented, with the primary goal of encouraging readers to consider how these scenarios might apply to their particular country situations. [ more… ]
last update: 10/18/2004
Introductions and movement of Penaeus vannamei and Penaeus stylirostris in Asia and the Pacific
This document was prepared in response to requests from governments for advice on the impacts from introduction of economically important alien Penaeid shrimps to Asia. The review was conducted by FAO, Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the World Bank (WB) Consortium Programme on Shrimp Farming and the Environment Visit the Website . The review is published as an FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO/RAP) publication through its generous assistance.[ more… ]
last update: 9/10/2004
Health management and biosecurity maintenance in white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) hatcheries in Latin America
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to present this document entitled “Health management and biosecurity maintenance in white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) hatcheries in Latin America” which was developed by representatives from 14 Latin American countries, and scientists and experts on shrimp hatchery production and health management, as well as by representatives from several regional and international agencies and organizations……. [ more… ]
last update: 7/8/2004
Surveillance and zoning for aquatic animal diseases
In an effort to determine what surveillance options can best support scientifically valid zonation frameworks for aquatic animal diseases, an Expert Consultation was organized by FAO, the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO Canada) and the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE) in October 2002. The objective of the Consultation was to provide recommendations for surveillance and zoning that will be useful for designing national programmes aimed at reducing the risks of diseases resulting from transfers of live aquatic animals……..[ more… ]
last update: 7/8/2004
Primary Aquatic Animal Health Care in Rural, Small-scale, Aquaculture Development
A document containing information on aquatic animal health management and its relevance to rural aquaculture development is now available. This document, edited by Arthur, J.R.; Phillips, M.J.; Subasinghe, R.P.; Reantaso, M.B.; MacRae, I.H. and entitled “Primary Aquatic Animal Health Care in Rural, Small-scale, Aquaculture Development” is published as FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No. 406.[ more… ]