Aquatic animal disease can be a limiting factor for both fisheries and aquaculture production.
The most effective disease management options are:
- Prevention and preparedness: minimise the risk of entry of exotic diseases.
- 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:
- natural resources
from the impact of aquatic diseases.
Primary Industries and Regions SA’s (PIRSA) key aquatic animal health management responsibilities include:
- Developing aquatic animal health legislation, policies and guidelines.
- Planning and responding to disease emergencies.
- Managing the use of veterinary medicines in aquaculture.
- Biosecurity disease surveillance.
- Meeting South Australia’s national and international disease reporting requirements.
- Managing disease risks associated with aquatic animal movement.
- Representing PIRSA at national committees and other national forums.
- Conducting and guiding the direction of scientific research on aquatic animal health.
- Education of aquatic animal health risks.
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