Exotics and Aquatic Animal Health



  • 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