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Sanitary Risk Management

Expert's Take

Increased globalization (knowledge, animals and raw material) has fueled fish and shrimp aquaculture output. However, along with this globalization there has been a spread of pathogens (bacteria, viruses and parasites) contaminating aquatic farms. Rapid intensification of aquatic animal production systems also exposes farms to pathologies likely to decrease animal performance.
The following articles deal with topics of interest to breeders of fish and shrimp. AQUANEO introduces some of the issues currently faced by aquaculture industries and suggests concrete ways to address those issues.


Farmed fish are the potential target of many pathogens including bacteria, viruses and parasites. Each farm evolves within a unique health context that is the result of various factors including location, history, the choice of species reared, and the production system applied. Yet, whatever the type of farming used, biosecurity fundamentals remain the same.


For over twenty years, many tropical shrimp farms have been subject to the cyclical emergence and development of new transmissible diseases with serious impacts consequences on the profitability of fish farms.  What diseases are shrimps particularly vulnerable to? What are the problems posed by the specificities of the shrimp’s immune system? How can we avoid the sanitary risks likely to affect shrimp in the context of rearing?