ICES Annual Science Conference 2021

Theme session F

Aquaculture health management – moving the needle forward from science to advice

Tuesday 7 September
16:00-17:00 CEST
​​​​​​​How do we translate an improved understanding of marine disease impacts on aquaculture production to more effective aquaculture health management? And how do we translate this from local to international scales?

This session explore these critical questions to identify avenues toward solution from the perspective of industry as well as the regulatory and scientific communities.

Seafood safety and sustainability are contingent on management that integrates animal health, public health, and ecosystem health perspectives – this is the One Health approach. Aquatic animal pathogens and disease continue to represent significant threats and impediments to the growth and sustainability of aquaculture industries worldwide.

Reasons that continue to slow the progress include the lack of baseline information and understanding on disease risks, lack of standard aquatic animal health and seafood safety governance and policies, inconsistent biosecurity practices, inadequate diagnostic and testing laboratory capacity, and minimal requirements for early-warning, response, and communication.
All these shortcomings were identified by the recent ICES Workshop on Emerging Mollusc Pathogens (WKEMOP) and represent key areas to address.

Although these issues have been raised in many scientific venues, including by ICES Working Group of Pathology and Diseases of Marine Organisms, the next steps on how to move knowledge to advice in aquaculture health have remained elusive, and represent a critical contemporary challenge to aquaculture industry growth throughout the ICES region and beyond.

The aim of this session is to further the dialogue with the regulatory community and industry to explore challenges and opportunities to improve aquaculture animal health management.

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Theme session F

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