New vaccines and improved health care for fish


<p>Disease diagnostics, advice, control visits by the local veterinarian and analysis of samples for viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases are the most central activities of health care.</p>

The majority of producers of fingerlings belong to the fish health service and food fish producers have joined it in increasing numbers. It is Evira's goal to train also local veterinarians for fish health care work.

Annual training days
Suomen Kalankasvattajaliitto (the Finnish Fish Farmers Association) is organising annual training days in conjunction with Evira for operators in the field and for veterinarians. At this year’s Fish Health and Entrepreneur days in Jyväskylä on 25-26.3.2010, the improved fish health service that Evira offers will be presented to the fish farmers. The voluntary activity complements the controls prescribed by law, hinders the spread of diseases and improves the health and wellbeing of the fish.

New vaccines will also be introduced at the Fish Health and Entrepreneur days. Two new vaccines for the prevention of flavobacterium infection are coming to Finland. During the fish days we will also hear about experiences with the disease yersiniosis in fish and how to prevent it by using a vaccine that has also become available in Finland. The University of Jyväskylä will present their new research results on the parasite Henneguya zschokkei which is important with both farmed whitefish and wild whitefish. The Åbo Akademi University and the University of Kuopio have taken part in the Finnish research on the life cycle of the parasite.

The fish health service turns 41 this year
At the end of the 1960s the emphasis of other veterinary treatment was still on the treatment of disease cases. In order to help the fish farmers, the National Veterinary Institute (now Evira), began to develop a health control system which can be considered to have been the first systematic health care service of its kind.

Initially, the activities relied on how active the farms were at sending samples, but with time more and more obligations were added to the farms. As the fish can not be isolated from their environment at the farm, or only in exceptional cases, the way individual fish farms operate is of significance to all of the fish farms in the whole area. The management of disease risks especially related to transfers of fish has been added to the fish health service including the farm classifications and conditions for transfer.

The fish health service will be extended to cover crayfish farming.

Register for the fish health and entrepreneur days at Evira » Tapahtumat » 25.-26.3.2010 Kalaterveys- ja yrittäjäpäivät  

Read more about fish diseases on  Eläintauti- ja elintarviketutkimus » Eläintautitutkimus » Kalat ja ravut » Yleisimmät kala- ja raputaudit (in Finnish)

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Read more about Suomen kalankasvattajaliitto  (in Finnish) (the Finnish Fish Farmers’ Association)

For additional information:
Senior Researcher Perttu Koski, Fish and Wildlife Health Research Unit, tel. 040 569 4541,
Researcher Kirsti Pekkanen, Fish and Wildlife Health Research Unit, tel. 050 439 2788,


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