Significance of fish farming on the rise in food production


<p>The significance of fish and other aquatic animals is growing in the global food industry. The farming of fish and other aquatic animals is therefore expected to increase in importance as an industry. In order to safeguard production, attention must be paid to the health and well-being of fish, as well as the prevention of contagious diseases.</p>

Matters related to the health of aquatic life are discussed in the International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish, hosted by Finland for the first time on 2-6 September 2013 in Tampere. The conference's topics range from the resistance of fish to disease to the surface structures of fish viruses, and bivalve parasites. The rich variety of aquatic species, changing environmental conditions and the capability of pathogens for mutation and transference to other species are everyday challenges for ichthyologists, and will thus feature in the discussions.

Evira involved in global fish disease conference
There are already several fish farms based on water circulation technology in Finland, and the technology is becoming more widespread due to its environmental friendliness. Senior Researcher Perttu Koski, DVM, from the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira's Production Animal and Wildlife Health Research Unit, will lead a workshop on the special requirements of water-circulation farming with regard to the prevention and treatment of disease.

In addition, other fish disease specialists from Evira will speak on subjects such as the state of fish disease in Finland, sturgeon diseases and fish viruses discovered in Finland.

The conference programme features more than 400 presentations on ongoing studies of fish and shellfish diseases. Separate workshops will be held around topical issues, such as the treatment of flavobacteria-induced conditions.

The conference will be organised by the European Association of Fish Pathologists, an organisation of roughly one thousand fish disease specialists. Despite its name, the organisation also includes members from beyond Europe. The organiser in Finland is Kalatautitutkijat ry, an organisation with members from all universities and research institutes that work in the field of fish disease.

Evira, the universities of Jyväskylä and Oulu and Åbo Akademi have participated in the preparations for the conference. The conference is supported by scientific foundations, Finnish fish farming operators and a number of international companies.

More information on the conference and European Association of Fish Pathologists

Additional information:
Satu Viljamaa-Dirks, Researcher,
Production Animal and Wildlife Health Research Unit
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Tel. +358 44 720 1469

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