Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Information iconCutthroat trout, just one of many species AADAP works with to secure new approvals for medications used in aquaculture. (Photo: NPS)

Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership

America’s fisheries are among the world’s richest in abundance and diversity. They provide scientific, aesthetic, recreational, commercial, subsistence, cultural, social, and economic benefits. FAC leads aquatic resource management for the Service and strives to invest its resources in the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and water-based recreational needs. Fish health is a critical component of healthy fisheries and core to the work of the Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program.

The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership (AADAP) program is part of the Fish and Aquatic Conservation fish health work. It is the only program in the United States singularly dedicated to obtaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of new medications needed for use in fish culture and fisheries management. Since the late 1990’s, AADAP has contributed to virtually every new fish medication approved by the FDA. Ultimately, the AADAP program allows fisheries professionals to more effectively and efficiently rear and manage a variety of fish species to meet production goals, stock healthy fish, and maintain a healthy environment.

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Aquaculture Medications

Information to inform decisions regarding which medication to use, and how to use it. Safe, effective medications for treating fish diseases and managing fisheries—as well as informing the professionals who administer these medications—are growing needs.


Investigational New Animal Drug

Investigational New Animal Drugs (INADs) are available through the National INAD Program (NIP) and can be used as long as study parameters are met and work is being done to reach full drug approval.



Researchers use sound science to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of experimental fish medications. Results support FDA approval of the medications.



Along with a knowledgeable staff ready to be of assistance, the AADAP program produces and makes available a variety of informational and educational materials, from reference guides to peer-reviewed publications.



Help Wanted!

We’d like to thank everyone who responded to our call for Aeromonas hydrophila outbreaks study sites. AADAP is still looking for coolwater fish culture facilities with this pathogen in which to perform pivotal studies that will support expansion of the approved Terramycin ® 200 For Fish label. If you think you may be able to help, please contact Guppy Blair.

Save the Date!

Looking for an excuse to visit Bozeman, MT, in 2019? Then start making travel plans to attend the 25th Annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop, July 30th- August 1st. Registration will open soon! In addition, if you have an idea for a potential presentation for the workshop, please contact Guppy Blair.

An official call for abstracts will be sent out later this spring.

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