The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Services’ Aquatic Animal
Health Program utilizes science and technology as the foundation
for conserving our nation’s fisheries and aquatic resources.
Our Aquatic Animal Health Program consists of 9 National Fish
Health Centers located across
the continental United States. Our staffs are comprised of highly
trained Fish Health Pathologists, Veterinary Officers, Molecular
and Biological Science Technicians.
Our expertise in aquatic animal health provides the scientific and
technical leadership necessary for the National Fish Hatchery
System to produce healthy, genetically diverse fish and aquatic
organisms which are best adapted for recovery and restoration
efforts, as well as providing fish for Tribal and public sport
fishing opportunities. The Fish and Wildlife
Service’s science network consists of 9 Fish Health Centers and 7 Fish
Technology Centers, whose accomplishments reach well beyond Federal
hatcheries. Together, they provide assistance and support to
our conservation partners who include internal, State, Tribal,
and non-government organizations
covering a broad range of fields including: biostatistics, population
ecology, genetic analyses, nutrition, and internationally recognized
research on fish diseases
and pathogens of fish and other aquatic organisms. We are proud
of our expertise and accomplishments and want to share them with
all interested persons. We will continue to work hard
on building and maintaining
the strong support of all our partners towards the goal of promoting
excellence in science for aquatic animal health.
The Purpose of this Site
Through excellence in science, our Aquatic Animal
Health Program will strive to provide the best information
possible, to ensure
the health of
fish and aquatic animals, and to continue to protect and
conserve these valuable resources for the benefit of the
- Share accurate and reliable information
with our public, fish hatchery managers, and the diverse group
of partners who rely on our scientific integrity in the field
of aquatic animal health management.
- Describes the accomplishments and future
goals of our comprehensive Quality Improvement (QI) program.
The FWS-AAHP QI program includes traditional Quality Assurance/Quality
Control functions, as well as applied studies that validate
current and newly developing techniques. Our QI program
will include testing of our laboratory facilities to demonstrate
the standardization and proficiency of our Aquatic Animal
Health Program. This level of QA/QC ensures the highest
quality disease monitoring and testing, aids in the development
and sharing of new technologies with our partners, and
ensures the most effective means for promoting healthy
aquatic animals and controlling the spread of disease.
- A focal point for the wealth
of information available on the web for anyone who has
a need or interest to find out more about fish
health, aquatic animal health, and quality assurance
in the clinical laboratory. We have brought together
the best information available from many web sources to
a more complete understanding and application of sound
science in aquatic animal health. We hope that users of this
web site will explore the information
and related links thoroughly, and contact the National
Fish Health Center in your region if you have additional
needs for information and support on health issues involving
fish and other aquatic organisms.
About the Information contained on this site:
The information presented on the FWS-AAHP website is provided as a service to
the public and the aquatic animal health professional community. The information
and links are made available in good faith and are derived from sources believed
to be reliable and accurate at the time of release on to the Internet. This information
is provided on the basis that readers are responsible for, and will make their
own assessment of, the information contained herein and to verify all representations,
statements, or information.
External information is outside the control of this website, and it is up to
each internet user to make his/her decisions about the accuracy of this information.
Changes in documents or websites, after placement on the internet, may affect
the accuracy of this information. Therefore, no assurance is given to the information
contained within this site, or the associated links. The federal government,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or any other person associated with this
site is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury arising from
the use of or reliance on any information, data, or advice including incomplete,
out-of-date, wrong, inaccurate or misleading information.