to the Fish Health Database
This Fish Health Database is designed to be a reliable
source of general information about the major fish diseases that affect
cultured fish species, and are of regulatory concern in the both commercial
aquaculture industry, and in terms of protecting natural fish populations.
This database is not intended to be a comprehensive treatment of aquatic
animal health, or to fully describe the wealth and depth of information
that is available for fish culture, fish disease and general aquatic animal
health management. The database should not be a sole source of information,
but can provide reliable information on the limited set of topics, in
an easily accessible format. Additional information should be obtained
from primary references in aquatic animal health, including American Fisheries
Society – Fish Health Section “Bluebook”, and the Office
International des Epizooties (OIE) International Aquatic Animal Health
Code and Diagnostic Manual for Aquatic Animal Diseases. Your regional
Fish Health Center is always an excellent contact for fish health information,
and should always be consulted prior to prior to initiating any treatment
for fish disease.
Initially, the information presented in this database will focus on salmonid
fish diseases, as the bulk of existing information in aquatic animal health
comes from the decades of applied research in salmonid aquaculture. Our
partners and hatchery managers, in a survey conducted in 2003, identified
the need for technical information on major fish diseases, and the proper
treatment techniques for these diseases. The information presented here
is compiled from a variety of sources, including the USFWS Handbook of
Aquatic Animal Health, AFS/FWS Standard Procedures for Aquatic Animal
Health Inspections, AFS Bluebook, OIE Diagnostic Manual, as well as the
key references and literature for specific fish pathogens and aquatic
animal health issues.
The database will evolve to include a broad group of cultured fish species,
as well as non-infectious conditions, nutritional diseases, and other
less defined maladies of cultured and natural fish populations. The long
term goal of the FWS-AAH program is to expand our knowledge and expertise
in all areas of aquatic animal health, including shellfish and amphibians.
Future plans are to expand this database to include these numerous aquatic
animal health topics, or other topics of interest to our partners. If
you would like to see a specific topic, link, or reference included in
this database, please suggest it through the Suggest a Link/Contact Information
page. Every effort will be made to keep this database up to date, and
expand the database as new information is suggested or published.