Lead Speakers in the 3rd International Conference on Aquatic Animal Epidemiology
3rd International Conference on Aquatic Animal Epidemiology Technical Programme

About 3rd International Conference on Aquatic Animal Epidemiology

Aquaculture has been one of the fastest growing food sectors in the world. However, diseases are the most significant constraint to the growth of aquaculture. Globally, huge economic losses have been reported due to diseases. In finfish aquaculture, the losses due to parasitic infestations were estimated to be about US$1.05 to 9.58 billion (Shinn et al. 2015). In the shrimp aquaculture sector in Asia, the annual losses were reported to be to the tune of US$4 billion during 2009–2018 (Shinn et al. 2018). Similarly, a recent study estimated annual losses due to shrimp diseases in India to be around US$ 1.02 billion (Patil et al. 2021).

Disease outbreaks are usually the end result of complex interactions involving environmental factors, health condition of the animals and presence of infectious agents. To have a thorough understanding of the factors involved in disease outbreaks, it is essential to follow aquatic system approach, which is possible through application of epidemiological principles. In this approach, the major emphasis is to determine if the disease is infectious or not and if infectious, then prevent transmission and spread. Over the last few decades, there have been a number of instances where the new diseases have spread across countries while the focus has been on identifying the causal agent. It is important to note that a number of risk factors determine and influence the frequency and distribution of disease in a population. The knowledge on risk factors can improve the ability of aquatic animal surveillance systems for early detection and rapid response to pathogens.

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Epidemiology of finfish and shellfish diseases
Molecular epidemiology and application in source tracking
Surveillance and reporting
Spatial and temporal patterns in prevalence and risk mapping
Risk assessment and management studies
Outbreak investigation, case reports, data collection/sampling procedures
One health and Aquaculture
Interaction of wild and farmed aquatic species - the challenges for disease control.
Use of artificial intelligence in disease diagnosis
Environmental DNA- A tool for monitoring pathogens in aquaculture
Disease informatics and its application for control strategies
Biosecurity in aquaculture
Social and economic impacts of aquatic animal diseases

Important Dates

July 15 - September 30, 2023

October 01-07, 2023

October 08, 2023

Upto November 10, 2023

November 11, 2023 onwards

Partner Organizations

About Venue

ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow is a premier institute of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, actively involved in research on conservation and sustainable utilization of fish genetic resources of the country. The institute also possesses a public aquarium and a National Fish Museum and Repository. At present, the Ganga Institute is coordinating the National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Disease (NSPAAD) in the country, which is being implemented through involvement of 62 collaborating centres.

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The Conference will provide a platform for manufacturers, suppliers, industry, book publishers and others to display their products and interact with the participants. A 10x10 feet stall would be provided for the exhibition at a cost of Rs. 2.0 lakh for Indian vendors/organizations and US$ 3000 international organizations, and will include complementary registration for 2 persons.