WG2: FINFISH HEALTH AND WELFARE
PROF SANDRA ADAMS (UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING)
PROF CHRIS SECOMBES (univeristy of aberdeen)
DR DAVID VERNER-JEFFREYS (cefas)
Aquatic animal health is the greatest threat to the continued expansion of the global aquaculture industry. In the UK disease is still the number one problem in the salmon and trout industry, limiting growth and impacting on the profitability of the industry. The UK has well-established Fish Health Research base and has had major successes in reducing the impact of the more established diseases through the development of a range of vaccines for bacterial and viral pathogens. Development of vaccines for many viral pathogens, however, is still a major requirement. The natural resistance to pathogens using selective breeding is also central to disease control and is covered more fully in WG5.
Key areas for this WG to explore include:
a) Emergent diseases and resistance to existing treatments, including those related to changes in regulation and climate change.
b) Transmission mechanisms and best management practices.
c) Development of aquatic pathogen genetics to identify mechanisms of virulence and emergence.
d) Development of vaccines and new vaccine approaches for enhanced protection to both current and emerging pathogens.
e) Alternative therapeutics to enable rotation and replacement of existing pharmaceuticals.
f) Role of cleaner fish in the control of sea lice.