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.



NOW AVAILABLE: Newly-updated version of AADAP's Quick Desk Reference Guide!

AADAP's Quick Desk Reference Guide to Approved Drugs for Use in Aquaculture has been updated with the newest indications! This guide is an easy to use resource that outlines which aquaculture drugs are approved by FDA and what they can be used for. Additionally, it contains examples for calculating the amount of each drug to use for a particular situation. You can download the latest version of AADAP's Quick Desk Reference Guide to Approved Drugs for Use in Aquaculture (updated July 2020) from the Resources webpage. Hard copies of the updated Quick Desk Reference Guide will be available once all AADAP staff have returned to the the office.

2020 Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AADAP is presenting the 26th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop as an online, virtual event.  Below is a line-up of virtual presentations. Each session will include time for Q&A:

To access the webinars, click the link (provided above) and follow the instructions below:

1) The link will prompt a Microsoft Teams pop-up asking how you would like to join the meeting. Select the “Join on the web instead” tab which will enable you to join the meeting from your internet browser (you will not need to download the app). 

2) Next, Microsoft Teams will open a new tab from your browser and will ask for permission to access your camera and microphone. You will need to click “allow” to proceed.

3) Before joining the meeting you will see a preview of your screen indicating whether your camera and microphone are on. Click “Join now” to join the meeting and when prompted please enter your first and last name.

You can practice this process any time prior to the meeting if you feel that is necessary. If you have any questions, please contact Paige Maskill (

If you're planning to attend the Indexing Session of this year's workshop, please take a look at the "Summary of Findings of the National Aquaculture Association's Survey of Broodstock in Aquaculture and Drug Indexing" on the AADAP website prior to the presentation on Tuesday, July 28th. This document provides background information for topics that will be discussed during the presentation.

How to Enroll in the Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) Program

Do you want to enroll in the AADAP National INAD Program but don’t know where to start? Check out this brief video tutorial which outlines the process of enrollment for study monitors and study investigators.  This video tutorial is the first in a series of tutorials that AADAP is creating to make the INAD enrollment/participation process more intuitive and efficient.  We are also creating a brief video to outline AADAP’s role in the drug approval process.  Stay tuned to the AADAP website to access more videos in the future!

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