Aquatic animal health

Aquatic animal disease can be a limiting factor for both fisheries and aquaculture production.

The most effective disease management options are:

  1. Prevention and preparedness: minimise the risk of entry of exotic diseases.
  2. Response and recovery. New diseases introduced are responded to quickly before they can establish.

Aquatic animal health program

The aim of the aquatic animal health program is to safeguard our:

  • fisheries
  • aquaculture
  • natural resources

from the impact of aquatic diseases.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) key aquatic animal health management responsibilities include:

Download the Aquatic Animal Health Program brochure (DL format) (PDF 185.8 KB)

More information


Contact Shane Roberts if you are interested in developing fish health management programs for your industry or aquaculture enterprise:

Dr Shane Roberts
Manager, Aquatic Animal Health Unit
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture
Phone: (08) 8429 0505

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