SEAFDEC leads early warning efforts for aquatic diseases

PARTICIPANTS of the ASEAN Regional Technical Consultation on Aquatic Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems for Effective Management of Transboundary Disease Outbreaks in Southeast Asia discussed the gaps, potential policy recommendations, and identify areas for research and development collaboration last August 20-22, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand which became the basis of the guidelines for Early Warning System for Aquatic Animal Diseases

AQUACULTURE Division (AQD)chief Dan Baliao reported during the 51stSoutheast Asian Fisheries Development Council (SEAFDEC) Meeting on March 18-22, 2019 in East Java, Indonesia the progress in the development of “Aquatic Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems for Effective Management of Transboundary Disease Outbreaks in Southeast Asia.”

The most serious problems faced by the aquaculture sector are diseases spread and introduced through movements of hatchery produced stocks, new species for aquaculture, and the development enhancement of the ornamental fish trade.

SEAFDEC member states’ representatives conveyed concern regarding the outbreaks of aquatic diseases in the region and recognized the need of concerted efforts to address disease problems in farmed aquatic animals, particularly shrimps.

In February 2016, in order to address the concerns on aquatic diseases, SEAFDEC/AQD and the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources(DA-BFAR)with financial support from the Japan-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration Fund convened the ASEAN Regional Technical Consultation on Aquatic Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems (EPRS) for Effective Management of Transboundary Disease Outbreaks in Southeast Asia.

Fish health activities being performed at SEAFDEC/AQD Laboratory Facilities for Advanced Aquaculture Technologies

The meeting assessed current status of aquatic emergency preparedness and response systems, assessed the need for a regional aquatic EPRS in the ASEAN and requested cooperation among Member States, regional/international organizations and other relevant stakeholders on initiatives that support aquatic EPRS for effective management of aquatic animal disease outbreaks

The Regional Technical Consultation was also aimed to formulate regional policy recommendations that centered on emergency preparedness and response systems for an effective management of aquatic animal disease outbreaks in the region.

The Guidelines is pending until it has been coursed through the Fisheries Consultative Group of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership mechanism. Comments and suggestions from Council Directors have also to be integrated in the report.

SEAFDEC/AQD is based in Tigbauan, Iloilo.

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