The Fish Health Section of the Asian Fisheries Society proudly announces the “Eighth Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture - DAA VIII” with the theme “Fish health for food security” to be held during 21-25 November, 2011 in Mangalore, India. The 9th Triennial General Meeting (TGM-9) of the FHS will also be held in conjunction with DAA VIII.

About Fish Health Section (FHS)

The Fish Health Section of the Asian Fisheries Society was founded in May 1989 with the goal to improve regional knowledge on fish health management and to develop awareness among Asian aquaculturists towards establishing a sustainable aquaculture industry. FHS strives to promote interaction by bringing together fish health researchers from around the world to share their knowledge and experience on investigation of diseases, enhancing protection strategies to prevent losses, use of biotechnological tools in health management and disseminating the knowledge and other relevant information on fish health by conducting training workshops and symposia from time to time.  The FHS is credited with holding triennial symposia onDiseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA) where members and aquatic animal health professionals meet to discuss broad issues and specific topics related to aquatic animal health.

FHS has conducted earlier symposia in Bali, Indonesia (1990); Phuket, Thailand (1993); Bangkok, Thailand (1996); Cebu, The Philippines (1999); Gold Coast, Australia (2002); Colombo, Sri Lanka (2005) and Taipei, Taiwan (2008). Each of these symposia brought together more than 200 aquatic animal health scientists, students, government researchers and industry personnel from over 30 countries to discuss issues pertaining to aquatic animal disease, their diagnosis, prevention and control. For more detailed information on FHS please visit http://www.fhs-afs.net/

In keeping with the tradition of the previous DAA symposia, the DAA VIII in Mangalore, India is going to be an experience you will cherish.  The city of Mangalore beacons you to an exhilarating experience of evergreen valleys and hillocks, swaying palm trees and sandy beaches,  a combination of science with rich heritage, irresistible cashew nuts and a variety of tongue tickling cuisines.

Theme of DAA VIII- “Fish health for food security”

The theme of this symposium has been aptly chosen to address food security concerns through increased fish production to meet the increasing global demand. The dynamic nature of the aquatic environment presents several challenges in aquaculture diseases and their management. To address these challenges the interdisciplinary approaches have become inevitable. The need of the hour is to bring together the conventional practices with molecular approaches to find answers to burning issues and developing strategies to implement science based tools at the field and national levels to ensure sustainability of aquaculture. DAA VIII will provide a forum wherein this theme will be deliberated upon in various sessions.

Intensive aquaculture to meet increasing food demand together with diversity of the species cultured, varying culture methods employed and impact of climate changes  has resulted in breakdown of the delicate balance between the host, the pathogen and the environment. This has caused disease problems due to newly emerging and reemerging pathogens resulting in colossal losses to the industry and consequent livelihood issues.  Local disease problems have become global in certain instances due to the transportation of live aquatic animal across boundaries.

It is an established fact that aquaculture is expanding rapidly with Asia contributing substantially to the global food security and in turn serving as a major economic activity in several developing countries. Sustainable production calls for adoption of scientific aquaculture practices keeping in mind the environmental impact due to inappropriate management. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics and other chemicals has resulted in problems of antibiotic resistance among bacteria, accumulation of chemicals including antibiotic residues, causing ban on aquaculture products by importing countries. There is an urgent need to look at alternatives to antibiotics and other chemicals by developing ecofriendly technologies. The advent of geographical information systems in providing data on climate changes, water quality and consequent disease prediction will enable to take suitable action plan by the aquaculturists. Risk assessment therefore is of paramount importance. Thus, an inter- disciplinary approach is required by scientists and all concerned working in the aquaculture sector to develop appropriate strategies for the sustainable production of aquatic animal food by disease management.  To achieve this several levels such as capacity building in diagnostics, increasing the awareness among farmers on good husbandry practices through ecofriendly management measures such as vaccination, probiotics, immunostimulants, bioremediators  etc. needs to be constantly developed and implemented.

The conference will deliberate on the following tentative issues

  • Global aquaculture – Past, present and future 
  • Public health and trade impacts
  • Environmental approaches to disease management
  • Epidemiology of finfish diseases
  • Epidemiology of crustacean shellfish diseases
  • Epidemiology of molluscan shellfish diseases
  • Emerging issues and approaches in aquatic animal health management    
  • Biosecurity and aquaculture
  • Diagnostic development – conventional to molecular
  • Immunological approaches to disease management
  • Genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics
  • Pathogen risk analysis and risk assessment
  • Alternatives to antimicrobials  


The symposium is open to all interested and involved in the field of aquatic animal health.


The official language of the symposium will be English