Aquatic Animal Health

Aquatic Animal Health

In 2009 ACWA was funded by the Federal Government to undertake project to develop an aquatic animal health training scheme. The principal Investigator was Susan Kueh, a Director of TwoFISH5000.

The planned outcomes for this project were to help build technical knowledge, business systems and networks to improve response times to disease outbreaks and mitigate future hazards, by doing the following:

  • Training of industry people and veterinarians in disease investigation techniques, outbreak response and management.
  • Develop the pool of local veterinarians with expertise in fish health.
  • Strengthen the surveillance network for early detection of diseases.
  • To increase knowledge of significant diseases.
  • Online availability of workshop course materials, any protocols developed and lessons learnt, to industry at large within Australia
  • Improve capacity of local veterinarians in delivering fish health services.
  • Develop a framework for continuing collaboration, networking, increasing knowledge on disease via research at the tertiary level, and promoting the development of practical solutions to significant health issues at the farm level.

The following documents were generated as a result of this project:

Fish Health Management Plan Guide


Fish Health Management Plan Audit Checklist


FHMP Management Review Process Form


Emergency Fish Disease Outbreak Plan Checklist


Food Safety Assurance Plan Template for Farmed Food Fish


Standard Operating Procedure Template


Flow Chart on Fish Disease Outbreak Triggers


Flow Chart on Sampling in Fish Disease Investigations


The Environmental Codes of Practice for Sustainable Aquaculture in Western Australia are also available for best practice environmental management, which covers aspects of fish health and biosecurity.

Environmental Codes of Practice