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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