Fish Health Management Division
Objectives:
To assess the risks and impacts of exotic fish species
To develop strategies and techniques for diagnosis, control and prevention of infectious aquatic animal diseases.
Thrust Areas:
Risk assessment for decision making and management of exotic species in the country
Development of molecular diagnostic techniques for important fish pathogens
Research on prophylactic and therapeutic measures for fish health management.
Salient Achievements:
National Strategic Plan for Aquatic Exotics and Quarantine’ and ‘Aquatic Exotics and Quarantine Guidelines’ developed to regulate the introduction of exotics in the country
Species-specific guidelines for import of tilapia, sutchi catfish, ornamental fish and white shrimp developed
Simple and generic reproductive containment protocols for common carp and tilapia developed
Generated data on distribution of alien fish species in various drainages and impacts of 14 species were quantified using developed risk assessment process and protocols (FIST)
Bibliographic Databases on Fish Pathogens and Diseases as well as Aquatic Species Introduction in the country, Indian Fish Pathologists’ Directory and Alien Fishes and Quarantine Information System developed
Molecular techniques for detection of OIE-listed pathogens such as Aphanomyces invadans, koi herpes virus, yellowhead virus and taura syndrome virus developed
Cell lines developed from tropical fishes such as Etroplus suratensis, Cyprinus carpio and Labeo rohita
Important aquatic microbes such as Flavobacterium, Aeromonas and Aphanomyces invadans being maintained in the repository
Monoclonal antibodies produced against serum immunoglobulins of Labeo rohita and Channa striatus