Project updates

WGS-Aqua Network Launched

posted Jun 10, 2015, 6:35 AM by John Bostock

The WGS-Aqua project is a UK BBSRC/NERC funded project to establish a repository for whole genome sequence data for a number of key pathogens that affect the aquaculture industry, including Vibrio anguilarum, Flavobacterium psychrophilum and Koi Herpes Virus. We are building a broad network of academics and stakeholders in aquaculture disease management, molecular epidemiology, ecological modelling and bioinformatics, both within the UK and abroad, to identify a common set of tools and standards to optimally exploit whole genome sequence (WGS) data of aquaculture pathogens for disease management. - 

DAA9 Programme and Abstracts

posted Nov 15, 2014, 8:42 AM by John Bostock   [ updated Nov 15, 2014, 8:45 AM ]

The 9th Conference on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture will be held this month in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The technical programme and abstracts are now available from

2015 OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health: ‘Riding the wave to the future’

posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:16 PM by John Bostock

The OIE is pleased to announce that the 3rd OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health will be held in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) on 20-22 January 2015. This conference will build on the success of the First and Second OIE Global Conferences on Aquatic Animal Health held in Bergen, Norway (2006) and Panama City, Panama (2011) which helped to raise awareness about the importance of aquatic animal health and to build a global framework for improving management, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases.

AQUAEXCEL - 9th & Final Call for Transnational Access Proposals

posted Jul 26, 2014, 8:14 AM by John Bostock

The 9th (and final) Call for proposals for free access to leading European aquaculture research infrastructures is now open with a deadline of 12th September - LEAFLET

The AQUAEXCEL programme funds short (up to 3 month) visits of researchers from one EC or associated state to carry out collaborative research at a facility in another EU Member state. See  for further details

AQUAEXCEL 8th Call for Transnational Access Proposals

posted May 19, 2014, 3:54 AM by John Bostock   [ updated May 19, 2014, 5:31 AM ]

The 8th Call for proposals for free access to leading European aquaculture research infrastructures is now open with a deadline of 13th June - LEAFLET

The AQUAEXCEL programme funds short (up to 3 month) visits of researchers from one EC or associated state to carry out collaborative research at a facility in another EU Member state. See  for further details.

Discussion Group for AHPND Detection Methods

posted Apr 29, 2014, 8:13 AM by John Bostock

A Google Group on AHPND detection has been established to promote communication about the two AHPND detection methods (AP1 and AP2) that Dr Chu-Fang Lo and Dr Tim Flegel announced on 24 December 2013. The purpose of the group is to allow people using the methods to send in their comments and experiences about use of these two methods and other methods that might be developed. For example, the IQ2000 method from GeneReach in Taiwan Province of China was recently released and results using that system may be compared with those obtained using AP1 and AP2. Anyone may join the group or view the discussion. Please note that this group is specifically to discuss detection and is not for general advice on AHPND:!forum/ahpnd

OIE Regional Workshop on Emerging Aquatic Animal Disease Response

posted Feb 22, 2014, 9:03 AM by John Bostock

The OIE organised, in collaboration with the Networks of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), the Regional Workshop on Emergency Aquatic Animal Disease Response in Bali, Indonesia from 6 to 8 November 2013. The objectives of the meeting included: 

  • To identify the factors that constrain regional members’ abilities to apply appropriate sanitary measures to protect aquatic animal health;
  • To raise awareness of OIE standards including standard setting procedures, OIE Aquatic PVS as well as FAO/NACA Asian Regional Technical Guidelines (TG) to support capacity building of members’ effective application of those standards and guidelines;
  • To inform participants about the OIE/NACA regional core for better reporting and information sharing;
  • To help improving national coordination between OIE Focal Point and NACA National Coordinator which are not necessarily the same. 

A total of 35 participants including country representatives from Bangladesh, China PR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea RO, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam attended the workshop. The programme for the first two days of the workshop was dedicated to country reports on current aquatic animal disease situations in the selected countries and presentations on the national aquatic animal health programmes of China, Japan and Korea. In addition, case studies on the molluscan diseases (Akoya Oyster Disease and Soft Tunic Syndrome), shrimp diseases (Acute Haematopancreatic Necrosis Syndrome, AHPNS) and finfish diseases (Koi Herpes Virus) were presented to facilitate the subsequent discussion on emergency response of those diseases in the national and regional level.

A summary report and copies of presentations are available via NACA

The Asian Aquaculture Insurance & Risk Management Conference

posted Feb 6, 2014, 10:29 AM by John Bostock

Insurance plays an important role in aquaculture risk management in Europe, but is often unavailable in Asia. This conference, scheduled to be held in Hong Kong from 13-15th May 2014, will provide an opportunity for fish health professionals, aquaculture companies, financial institutions and other interested parties to come together to discuss industry trends and risk management strategies. Further information at:

Announcement regarding free release of primers for specific detection of bacterial isolates that cause acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND)

posted Jan 16, 2014, 1:02 PM by John Bostock

NACA have announced the availability of PCR primers for the detection of AHPNS causing bacterial isolates.

Seminar: EMS in Shrimp - University of Malaya 30 November 2013

posted Oct 31, 2013, 2:34 AM by John Bostock

The Malaysian Society of Marine Science (MSMS), Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), Biovalence Sdn. Bhd. and Blue Archipelago shall be jointly hosting a One-Day Seminar on EMS which has led to a major reduction of shrimp produced in farms with annual losses of over USD 1 billion. This seminar shall address the potential mechanism of EMS, the most up-to-date research from leading labs as well as practical measures on how to control the outbreak and still make profits.


Researchers, technicians, shrimp farmers, government officers, suppliers, feed millers and other parties involved in the shrimp culture industry are encouraged to participate in this seminar that brings experts from USA, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia together for a round-table Q & A session with farmers and researchers.


Please refers to the attached for further details and Registration Form.


Please register by 22nd November 2013 by emailing Registration Form to

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