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.


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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.


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


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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.



INAD Program Updates

  1. The common carp pituitary (CCP) INAD continues! Argent Aquaculture LLC has agreed to work on advancing the CCP INAD in hopes of a drug approval, and while they're working on this, will be able to supply CCP under the INAD.
  2. AADAP has reactivated the catfish pituitary (CP) INAD and will work with Hybrid Catfish Company (sponsor) and the FDA toward a potential drug approval. The INAD is limited to use on various catfish species and the CP will be sold by Hybrid Catfish Company.
  3. AADAP recently received FDA authorization to open the Ovaplant-L INAD #13-298 for participation. Ovaplant-L is the liquid formulation of the Ovaplant pellet spawning aid, and Syndel is optimistic that it will have a good chance at receiving the potential label claims. Syndel will phase the pellet formulation out over the next few years. The web fact page for Ovaplant-L is and the INAD is ready for enrollment through the online database.

Special Session at Aquaculture America 2020

AADAP will co-host a special session with the AFWA Drug Approval Working Group (DAWG) at Aquaculture America 2020, to be held in Honolulu, HI from February 9th-12th, 2020.  The "Aquaculture Drug Updates" special session will be held on February 10th from 1:30 PM-5:00 PM in room 317A of the Hawaii Convention Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Save The Date!

The 26th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop is scheduled for July 27th-30th, 2020 in Bozeman, MT.  Stay tuned to the AADAP website and monthly AADAP Updates for more details later this winter!

AADAP’s Needs for Efficacy Studies

AADAP is on the lookout for facilities with the following conditions/species combinations in which to conduct efficacy studies:

If you know of any facilities with these conditions, please have them contact AADAP directly.  Thank you!

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