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.



Save the Date!

Looking for an excuse to visit Bozeman, MT in 2019? Then it may be time to start making travel plans to attend the 25th Annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop on July 29th-August 1st, 2019. A block of rooms are reserved at the Best Western GranTree Inn, at the rate of $157 per night. There is a limited number of rooms which will be released on June 29th, so make your reservations early, and be sure to mention one of the codes below to ensure you pay the special rate. Hotel information can be found below. Please use the Ticketbud link provided below to register for the meeting. In addition, please email Guppy Blair if you are interested in presenting at the workshop. An official call for abstracts and registration details will be sent out later this spring.

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Draft Agenda

For more information on the 25th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop

The Unmet Fish Drug Needs Survey: A Summary Report

AADAP, the Association of Fish and Wildlife’s Drug Approval Working Group (AFWA/DAWG), and the National Aquaculture Association (NAA) conducted a nation-wide survey to assess the current and future unmet fish drug needs of hatchery personnel, fish health professionals, and fisheries management biologists across the U.S. The survey was meant to determine fish drug needs related to: 1) freshwater diseases/pathogens of concern to fisheries professionals, 2) non-therapeutic freshwater purposes (spawning, marking, sedation, etc.), and 3) culture and/or management of marine fish species in seawater environments. The survey was sent to federal, state, and private members of the aquaculture community over the time frame of summer 2017 - fall 2018.

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New Hire

We are excited to announce that AADAP has filled another permanent position in the Research Program! Shane Ramee will begin his permanent appointment with AADAP’s Research Program on June 10th, 2019. Shane received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Washington and Lee University, his Master’s degree from the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University, and is currently finishing his PhD in the Fisheries and Aquatic Science program at the University of Florida.  Some of his prior experience includes the evaluation of 17-methyltestosterone and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) in ornamental marine fish species, as well as the osmoregulation of Gulf killifish, the effects of high temperatures on channel and hybrid catfish, and fin ray healing and osmoregulation of Atlantic Sturgeon.  We are excited to have Shane on board soon!  
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