Ruane, N. M. and Jones, S. R. M. 2013. Amoebic Gill Disease (AGD) of farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.).
Amoebic gill disease has been endemic in Tasmania since the mid-1980s when salmon farming began in that region. Since that time, there have been occasional reports of the disease in Ireland in the mid-1990s and more recently in Norway and Chile. However, since 2011 widespread occurrence of the disease in farmed salmon has been reported in Ireland and Scotland often associated with significant mortalities. A small number of confirmed cases have also been reported from Norway.
The re-emergence of the disease poses a serious risk to the viability of salmon farming, particularly in the Northeast Atlantic region.
The latest ICES Identification Leaflet for Diseases and Parasites of Fish and Shellfish has further details and can be found at the link provided on the right.