The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has just launched the Aquaculture Feed and Fertilizer Resources Information System (AFFRIS). AFFRIS provides information on globally important aquaculture feed, feed ingredients, fertilizers and nutrient resources. Associated guidelines describe how to use this information in order to optimize on-farm feeding and feed management strategies, including nutritional profiles of commercially-important selected aquaculture species.
Under the FAO technical cooperation project (TCP/VIE/3304 (E)) Emergency assistance to control the spread of an unknown disease affecting shrimp, this final technical consultation on “Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) or Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Syndrome (APHNS) of Cultured Shrimp” was jointly organised by FAO and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development from 25-27 June 2013, Prestige Hotel, Hanoi, Viet Nam.
While human consumption of fish products has doubled in the last half century, policies for sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems must address the challenges facing global fish stocks.
AppliFish is a free mobile application developed by the fisheries and biodiversity knowledge platform i-Marine makes aquatic-related information available to anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Some 30 percent of the world's marine fish stocks assessed in 2009 were overexploited, according to FAO's State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012.
A new DVD containing all FAO aquaculture publications prepared during the period 1999-2012 has been produced by the Aquaculture Service of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.
More than six hundred publications related to aquaculture, including CD-ROMs, web-based products and newsletters have been published and distributed worldwide during that period, in both hard and electronic versions and in various FAO official languages. All these publications have been assembled on this DVD as Portable Document Format (PDF) files, in order to make them easily available, searchable and printable to all users.
In a major breakthrough, researchers at the University of Arizona have identified the causative agent behind "shrimp early mortality syndrome" or EMS, more accurately known as acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome.
The causative agent is a strain of a bacteria commonly found in brackish water, Vibrio parahemolyticus, with possible involvement of a phage.
For the full story, please see the press release on the FAO website.
Very encouraging news. Congratulations to Dr Lightner's team and all that have assisted with the search for the culprit - Ed.