Management of fish health is essential to the success of any aquaculture venture.  An understanding of fish biology coupled with good husbandry practices, optimum Atalntic salmon in a sea pennutrition and the risks posed by pathogens enables welfare standards to be maintained and the venture to succeed.  Compared to terrestrial agriculture, the farming of fish, in most cases, is still in its infancy.  Stocks are far from domesticated and require a duty of care from all of us involved in the industry.  Only with good planning and an integrated approach to health management, will the aquaculture industry continue to expand to meet the expectations of a growing market. 

Our researchers firmly believe in the integrated appToxicology study of fish fryroach to fish health.  Pharmaceuticals, although an important tool for the farmer, cannot be relied on as a long term strategy for sustainable aquaculture unless part of a wider management programme.  Previous projects have looked at the effects of stocking density, handling practices, fallowing between production cycles and the genetic suitability of fish stocks.  When welfare standards are high, the risks posed by fish pathogens are minimised. 

In addition, our research has given a greater understanding of methods to control parasites, bacterial, fungal and viral diseases.  The use of vaccines, pre-biotics and other immunomodulators that promote the fish's own defence mechanisms to cope with pathogens is of growing importance to the industry and is supported by our research aims.  

With the growth of aquaA. salmonicida plateculture to include new species, and new environments, our task is to find methods of good fish health management for current practices and also for potential new problems that may be faced by the industry in the future. 

Previous studies on fish health have looked at controlling and the effects of pathogens such as Vibrio, Saprolegnia, Ichthyophthirius (white spot), sea lice, Lernaeocera, ergasilids, fresh water lice (Argulus), Isopods and myxosporeans to name but a few.