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INTRODUCTION

Aquaculture is recognised as the fastest-growing food-animal production sector in the world, with nearly 50% of the global supply of aquatic animals for human consumption now derived from aquaculture. Recent projections indicate that to satisfy the growing global demand for aquatic food, by the year 2030, global aquatic food production will have to double, with the majority coming from aquaculture.

However, aquatic animal disease outbreaks continue to cause significant losses in aquaculture production throughout the world and are having a major detrimental impact on national economies in some countries and regions. These disease outbreaks threaten to limit the sustainability of this rapidly expanding sector unless the governance of Veterinary Services and Aquatic Animal Health Services is strengthened so that effective aquatic animal health policies and programmes complying with OIE standards are implemented to prevent or control these disease outbreaks.

A very high proportion of aquatic animal production is traded internationally, accounting for 10% of total global agricultural exports. Because of the rapid growth in aquaculture worldwide and the disease risks associated with the increasingly globalised trade in live aquatic animals and their products, OIE activities and standards in the field of aquatic animal health and the sanitary safety of global trade are important and relevant to all regions of the world. Effective implementation of OIE standards will contribute to ensuring a sustainable sector that can provide a key source of high quality animal protein for the growing human population.

 This conference will be relevant for countries with developed or developing aquaculture industries; will be relevant to the day-to-day challenges faced by participants in managing aquatic animal health, implementing OIE standards and facilitating trade; and will provide a format that engages audience participation.

OBJECTIVES

The fourth OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health will highlight the critical contribution of aquatic animal health programmes to improving aquaculture productivity and sustainability, and consequently the availability of high quality protein to feed the world. The conference will help to raise awareness of the need for good governance of Veterinary Services and Aquatic Animal Health Services, including both governmental and private sectors, promoting collaboration between veterinarians, aquatic animal health professionals, and other partners in assuring safe and sustainable aquaculture production.

The Conference programme will focus on four key themes:

Managing transboundary and

emerging diseases

Diseases emerge regularly in aquaculture – some are entirely new and many have catastrophic impacts on aquaculture, fisheries, or the environment.

Managing emerging diseases presents particular challenges due to a lack of understanding about their epidemiology, distribution and potential impacts; a lack of diagnostic tests and treatment tools; and the need to make management decisions despite these limitations in knowledge. In recent decades the global performance in managing aquatic animal diseases has been poor, with numerous outbreaks spreading internationally. This session will address the understanding of the threat of aquatic animal disease; the drivers of emerging disease; the routes of spread and impacts of disease; and improved approaches to emerging disease response. It will identify actions for OIE Member Countries and the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Standard Commission’s work program.

Biosecurity in aquaculture

OIE Member Countries have requested that guidance on biosecurity be provided in the Aquatic Code to support aquatic animal disease control but also to underpin other OIE standards such as compartmentalisation.                                                                                               

Implementation of biosecurity standards is most effectively achieved through public private partnerships, reflecting the shared responsibility for management of transboundary diseases. This session will improve understanding of risk based approaches to biosecurity that can be applied at different scales and to different systems; present OIE guidance on biosecurity; present examples of the application of biosecurity to support trade; and identify any actions for the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Standard Commission’s work program.

Advances in disease management

There are numerous new technologies that are developing rapidly and already are, or are likely to, provide advances in the management of aquatic animal health.

This session will explore new approaches and tools for the prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases including strategies to reduce the use of antimicrobial agents, tools for surveillance, diagnostics and communication; and how new technologies are being used and may be used in the future.

Supporting implementation of

OIE International Standards

This session will provide an overview of recent updates of the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Code and Aquatic Manual of Diagnostic Tests and future directions, as well as highlight the importance of implementing these provisions in order to prevent the spread of transboundary aquatic animal diseases, in particular the importance of reporting the occurrence of diseases in accordance with Members obligations.

COMMITTEES

Steering Committee

DR. MONIQUE ELOIT

DIRECTOR GENERAL, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

DR. MATTHEW STONE

DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

DR. ALAIN DEHOVE

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

DR. OSCAR EDUARDO VIDELA PERÉZ

DELEGATE OF CHILE TO THE OIE – SERVICIO AGRÍCOLA Y GANADERO (SAG)

DR. ALICIA GALLARDO LAGNO

NATIONAL DIRECTOR, SERVICIO NACIONAL DE PESCA Y ACUICULTURA – SERNAPESCA

DR. GILLIAN MYLREA

HEAD OF THE STANDARDS DEPARTMENT, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

DR. STIAN JOHNSEN

CHARGÉ DE MISSION, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

DR. MARA-GONZALEZ-ORTIZ

HEAD OF THE EVENTS COORDINATION UNIT, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

Scientific Committee

DR. INGO ERNST

PRESIDENT, OIE AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH STANDARDS COMMISSION

DR. EDMUND PEELER

VICE-PRESIDENT, OIE AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH STANDARDS COMMISSION

DR. ALICIA GAGNO LAGNO

VICE-PRESIDENT, OIE AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH STANDARDS COMMISSION

DR. KEVIN WILLIAM CHRISTISON

MEMBER, OIE AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH STANDARDS COMMISSION

DR. ATLE LILLEHAUG

MEMBER, OIE AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH STANDARDS COMMISSION

PROF. HONG LIU

MEMBER, OIE AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH STANDARDS COMMISSION

DR. GILLIAN MYLREA

HEAD OF THE STANDARDS DEPARTMENT, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

DR. STIAN JOHNSEN

CHARGÉ DE MISSION, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

Organising Committee

DR. MARA-GONZALEZ-ORTIZ

ORGANISING COMMITTEE COORDINATOR, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

DR. LUIS BARCOS

OIE REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE AMERICAS

DR. CARLA FERNANDA ANGUITA BÖHMWALD

SERNAPESCA

DR. MARCELA ALEJANDRA LARA FICA

SERNAPESCA

MS. NELLY DUBARRY

EVENTS COORDINATOR, WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

MS. ESPERIA BONILLA

EVENTS COORDINATOR, SERNAPESCA

SPEAKERS BIOGRAPHIES

Tomoyoshi Yoshinaga
JAPAN

Dr Tomoyoshi Yoshinaga is a professor of the Department of Aquatic Bioscience at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo. After receiving his PhD degree from that university in 1987, he entered the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as a researcher, where he worked at the National Research Institute of Fisheries Science and the National Research Institute of Aquaculture. He returned to the University of Tokyo in 2002 as a professor after his fifteen-year career at the ministry. Dr Yoshinaga is still a member of several committees on fish health and animal drugs in the ministry. He has been serving as the president of the Japanese Society of Fish Pathology since 1 April 2019. He has studied mainly fish and shellfish parasites and, for the last ten years, has expanded his interest and activity in the field of biosecurity of aquatic animals.

Edmund Peeler
VICE-PRESIDENT, OIE AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH STANDARDS COMMISSION

Edmund Peeler graduated from Cambridge University in 1989 with a degree in veterinary medicine. After two years in farm animal practice he gained a master’s in veterinary Epidemiology from the University of Reading and worked for the UK Department for International Development on a livestock development project in Kenya, followed by a PhD at Bristol Veterinary School investigating the epidemiology of bovine mastitis. He has been employed at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) -a UK government science agency – since 2001, where he has led development of aquatic animal epidemiology and risk in Cefas. Edmund has been involved in numerous UK government and EU funded research projects and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers mainly on research into the application of epidemiology and risk analysis in aquatic animal health policy, including import risk analysis and drivers for disease emergence. Edmund provides advice to the UK government on aquatic animal health policy, notably contingency planning, surveillance and legislation. Edmund has been a member of EU, European Food Standards Authority and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) committees and panels. He is currently leading a programme to develop aquatic animal health capacity in the Omani Ministry of Agriculture. He is a former president of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (SVEPM) and is currently serving a second term as vice-president of the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission.

Loc Tran
VIETNAM

Dr Loc Tran is the founder and director of ShrimpVet Laboratory in Vietnam.  He leads a team of more than 70 researchers in shrimp health management, focusing on genetics, breed, seed production, diagnostics and disease management, and farm technics and management.  He received is Ph.D. in Aquaculture Pathology from the University of Arizona, where he studied under Dr. Donald Lightner renowned aquaculture pathologist.  While working as a research assistant at the University of Arizona Dr. Loc was instrumental in the identification EMS and development of diagnostic tools used for on farm management.  Dr Loc Tran is Assistant Professor, Department of Aquaculture Pathology, College of Fisheries, Nong Lam University at HCMC, Vietnam and continues to collaborate with the University of Arizona in several research and extension projects.

Henrique Cesar Pereira Figueiredo
BRAZIL

Henrique César Pereira Figueiredo is a doctor in Veterinary Medicine (1997), PhD in Microbiology (2001), both by the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Associate professor, chair of Aquatic Animal Health – Federal University of Minas Gerais, since 2009. Head of the National Reference Laboratory for Aquatic Animal Diseases (AQUACEN/Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, Brazil) and member of the OIE electronic ad hoc group on Tilapia Lake Virus diagnostics and validation. Dr. Figueiredo was also the Coordinator of an OIE Twinning Project for infectious salmon anaemia diagnostics and emerging viral infections of tropical fish, between Aquacen and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute.  He has published more than 90 scientific papers in the field of aquatic animal health.

Marine Fuhrmann
FRANCE

Dr Marine Fuhrmann holds a PhD in marine biology from the University of Brest in France where she worked at the French Marine Institute for the Exploitation of Sea (Ifremer). She is now working as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney in the group of aquatic animal health. Her research focuses on the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome. More particularly, she studies the effect of environment on the interaction between the Pacific oyster and the Ostreid Herpesvirus 1 investigating host and virus responses. As an engineer in agronomy and a researcher in marine biology, she is interested in how applied science can be used to help manage aquaculture.

Jonathan Kolby
USA

Jonathan Kolby is a conservation biologist, National Geographic Explorer, and the founding Director of the Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center.  He obtained his PhD at James Cook University, where he studied the international spread of amphibian chytrid fungus and the global amphibian extinction crisis.  Jonathan has been involved in conservation fieldwork since the age of 15 when he began to volunteer his summers to survey reptile and amphibian biodiversity in China and has now performed fieldwork in remote locations around the world, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, New Caledonia, and Honduras.  In Honduras, Jonathan’s frog rescue team is actively working to protect biodiversity in the cloud forest of Cusuco National Park and save species from disease-driven extinction.  He also works as a CITES Policy Specialist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service helping to ensure that the international trade in plants and animals is legal and sustainable.  He’s an expert in wildlife trade data interpretation and analysis and is seeking opportunities to help control the global spread of amphibian pathogens.  Jonathan is active in science communication through social media (@MyFrogCroaked), and recently started producing films about wildlife disease and conservation. 

Kerrod Beattie
AUSTRALIA

Kerrod Beattie is the Director of the White Spot Disease Program, Biosecurity Queensland in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.  Kerrod lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.  Kerrod is well known across aquaculture and fisheries management in Queensland, having over 20 years’ experience. He has been responsible for implementing significant industry development initiatives and management reforms including greater access to prawn broodstock areas, reforms in the harvest of coral and beche-de-mer fisheries, hatchery quality assurance programs and large scale aquaculture precinct initiatives. Kerrod has witnessed the decimation of a number of prawn farms as a result of white spot disease, been involved in the destruction of stock including the deployment of over six million litres of chlorine, managed the testing of vast number of samples, assisted farms and other affected fishery stakeholders in their recovery and is now a witness to farms resuming their production-without white spot disease to date.

Katie Scutt
AUSTRALIA

Katie Scutt is a senior policy officer working in aquatic animal health at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia. The focus of her current role is to develop an agreement among 18 public (government) and private (industry) sectors for how responses to aquatic emergency animal disease outbreaks will be managed in a way that provides common benefit. Before this role, Katie has worked in fisheries management and biosecurity emergency response policy. Katie is also studying psychology at the Australian National University. She has an interest in bringing insights from psychology such as understanding how different groups interact, what drives cooperation and behavioural economics to improving management of aquatic animal health.

Victoria Alday-Sanz
SPAIN

Victoria Alday-Sanz is a veterinarian with an M.Sc and Ph.D. from Stirling University. She has worked for over 30 years on diverse aspects of shrimp and fish health issues covering research on pathogens and diseases, diagnostics, sanitary legislation, health management, development of SPF stocks and biosecurity.  She has collaborated as an expert for international organizations such as FAO, EU, EFSA, WB and OIE (member of the ad hoc group on Antimicrobials in Aquaculture) as well as with the private sector.  Victoria has lived and work in South East Asia, Middle East and Latin America and published over 35 papers in peer review journals, over 50 articles in industry magazines, 5 book chapters, is co-author of the CD-rom Diagnosis of Shrimp Diseases and editor of The Shrimp Book.  Presently, she is the Director for Sustainability for the National Aquaculture Group of Saudi Arabia which include Biosecurity, Breeding programs, Quality control/Quality assurance and Certifications. 

Nigel Gibbens
UNITED KINGDOM

Nigel Gibbens qualified as a veterinary surgeon from London University in 1981. He spent three years in mixed (companion and farmed animal) practice in Derbyshire before gaining a master’s degree in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh University in 1984. Nigel worked in Government Veterinary Services in Belize (3 years – import controls, clinical work and supervision of exporting abattoir) and Yemen (2 years – rinderpest and sheep and goat pox eradication campaigns and clinical work) before returning to join the UK state veterinary service as a field veterinary officer in 1990.  He moved to the central animal health policy group in 1996 and worked on international trade for 8 years, followed by BSE control policy, animal welfare policy and agriculture international relations, before becoming the UK Chief Veterinary Officer in May 2008. Nigel stepped down from the UK CVO role in February 2018 and is now a Director of Itinerant Vets Ltd providing consultancy services on animal health policy and disease control.

Marcela Lara
CHILE

Marcela Lara is a Veterinarian and has a Master in Epidemiology. She was I charge of the National Program for the control of infection with infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) in Chile between 2007 – 2013. Marcela participated in the implementation of biosecurity measures and health management model in the country, later took leadership of the Animal Health Department of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service. She is currently the OIE focal point for aquatic animals and Sub-Director of Aquaculture.

Eduardo Rodriguez
ICELAND

Eduardo Rodriguez has over 20 years of experience in molecular biology. After receiving his PhD. from the University of Lund in 1998, he moved to Iceland in 1999 to work for industry leading genomic company, deCode. In 2002 he jumped over the Atlantic ocean for a 3 year period working with Danish proteomics company ACE bioscience. He returned to Iceland in 2005 to join the Institute of Biology at the University of Iceland. Eduardo then joined the StofnFiskur team in 2008. As Head of Functional Genomics Eduardo is responsible for a myriad of projects such as SNP genotyping, triploid analyses, innate immunity and natural robustness research along with viral and bacterial screenings.

U Win Latt
MYANMAR

Mr. U Win Latt, Managing Director and Aquaculture Consultant of Aqua Global Environs Co., Ltd. has over 30 years of experience in aquaculture in Asia Pacific region especially in intensive shrimp hatchery and farming, recirculating systems, tilapia-shrimp polyculture, hatchery and grow-out biosecurity, quality assurance programme and expertise expanded to capacity building, mangrove rehabilitation and environmental management.

He has engaged in several projects of FAO, UNDP, UN-ESCAP, DANCED, ADB between 1995 and 2007 and as Vice President of PT.Central Proteina Proteinma Tbk. Indoensia from 2007 to 2016, overseeing aquaculture and R&D of vertically integrated aquaculture operation, heading Quality Assurance Division and developed and established Technical Audit Division.

He has been actively contributed to FAO-NACA CoC for responsible shrimp farming, development of BMP for shrimp aquaculture and marine fish farming. He was a main contributor to FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 446 (Improving P. monodon hatchery Practice Manual, 2007). He developed and commercially implemented “Waste Reclamation and Reuse System for Intensive Shrimp Culture” (1992-1994) in North Sumatra operation for PT. CPI in Indonesia.  

Recently, he has completed Myanmar Aquaculture Sector Assessment for the World Bank (2018) and actively involved in curriculum development for Fisheries and aquaculture programme of Yangon University, Myanmar and Aquaculture and Aquatic Resource Management Programme (AARM) of Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in which he is also a visiting lecturer.

Vishnumurthy Mohan Chadag
WORLDFISH

Chadag Vishnumurthy Mohan is a Principal Scientist at WorldFish. Within WorldFish, Dr Mohan leads the aquatic animal health research cluster under the Sustainable Aquaculture Flagship of CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food systems and also serves as the Research Lead for India, a scaling country for WorldFish. He holds PhD in aquatic animal pathology from the University of Stirling. His expertise includes small-scale aquaculture, development and implementation of better management practices through cluster management approach, group certification, fish and shrimp pathology, epidemiology, development and implementation of national aquatic animal health strategies, surveillance and biosecurity.  He comes from a strong academic background of 21 years at the College of Fisheries, University of Agricultural Sciences, Mangalore, India. Before joining WorldFish in April 2014, he worked for Intergovernmental Network of Aquaculture Centres in the Asia Pacific (NACA) based in Bangkok for 11 years supporting sustainable aquaculture and aquatic animal health R&D programs in 18 Asia Pacific governments.  He served as the Chairperson of Fish Health Section (FHS) of Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) for the period 2011-2014 and the 9th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA9) was organized under his leadership in Nov 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has published over 100 research papers in the areas of aquatic animal health and aquaculture.

Grant Stentiford
UNITED KINGDOM

Prof Grant D. Stentiford is Principal Scientific Officer and Lead for the International Centre of Excellence for Aquatic Animal Health at the Cefas Weymouth Laboratory. He is co-Director of the Sustainable Aquaculture Futures Centre at the University of Exeter, UK. He was Director of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Crustacean Diseases on behalf of DG SANCO of the European Commission between 2008 and 2018. He has a BSc (first class) in Life Sciences from the University of Nottingham, UK (1993-1997) and a PhD in invertebrate pathology from the University of Glasgow (1997-2000). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Pathology in 2014 and a fellow of the Linnean Society in 2016. His work focuses on aquatic animal pathology and combines approaches based upon histopathology, transmission electron microscopy and molecular systematics for the classification of novel and emerging pathogens in aquatic animals. He has wide experience in the diagnosis of disease in experimental, farmed and wild aquatic animals and has a wide collaborative network within the UK, Europe and around the world. He has published over 120 ISI papers, guest edited two Special Volumes of the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology (2010, 2012) and one Special Volume of Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (2012) on crustacean diseases and food security. He has a H index of 38 (Jan 2018). He was Subject Editor for Diseases of Aquatic Organisms and is currently Associate Editor in Chief for the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. He established a new Division (Diseases of Beneficial Invertebrates) of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology (SIP) in 2009 and was inaugural chair of the Division between 2009 and 2012. In this role he has chaired two OECD-funded symposia on aquatic food chain pathogens and was the SIP Founders Lecturer in 2015. He has been invited to talk at conferences associated with aquatic animal disease in the Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Australia. He chaired an ad hoc committee on crustacean susceptibility to disease for the OIE. He has ongoing projects in invertebrate host-pathogen interaction and pathogen systematics. He is an advocate of One Health thinking, applied to design of sustainable food systems.

Jiun-Yan Huang
CHINESE TAIPEI

Dr. Huang’s work has since 2005 focused on the study of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), a pathogen which continues to cause enormous economic damage to the shrimp industry. In 2012, he gained his phD degree from Dr. Grace Lo’s lab at National Taiwan University in Taiwan. In addition to his expertise on the pathogenesis of WSSV, Dr Huang has also established the general requirements for PCR detection based on ISO/IEC 17025 regulations in WSD/AHPND reference laboratories, and he supervised the construction of the P. monodon breeding center of the International Center for the Scientific Development of Shrimp Aquaculture. Currently, Dr Huang is supervising the construction of another completely indoor shrimp grow-out culture system with a recirculation capacity of 700 cubic meters per day. He is also involved in the construction of outdoor grow-out ponds with semi-automatic water monitoring/control systems that maintain optimal conditions in the grow out pond.

Ben North
PHARMAQ

Ben North is the Portfolio Director at PHARMAQ’s Oslo-based Research and Development organisation. PHARMAQ is an innovation success story and is the global leader in the supply of vaccines for farmed salmonids. In 2015 PHARMAQ became a part of Zoetis, the World’s largest animal health business, which opened up many new aquaculture markets and accelerated PHARMAQ’s expansion into warm water aquaculture species. Ben held a variety of commercial and operational roles in PHARMAQ before taking up the position in R&D, including 7 years as the Managing Director of PHARMAQ’s UK subsidiary. Previous to joining PHARMAQ, Ben worked at a post-doctorate researcher at the Institute of Aquaculture at Stirling University, where he also carried out a PhD in fish welfare.

Atle Lillehaug
OIE AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH STANDARDS COMMISSION

Atle Lillehaug is a senior scientist at the Section for Fish Health and Biosecurity, Norwegian Veterinary Institute. He is also Professor II at the Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Dr Lillehaug is a member of OIE Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission, ICES Working Group on Pathology and Diseases of Marine Organisms, and he has also been member of group of experts 15V Veterinary sera and vaccines, European Pharmacopoeia Commission. He has research experience within epidemiology, vaccinology and biosecurity relating to fish health. Among scientific publications are the scientific book “Fish Vaccination” (2014, co-editor and chapter author), and papers relating to pharmaco-epidemiology and antibacterial treatments in farmed fish.

Matthew Stone
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, OIE

Atle Lillehaug is a senior scientist at the Section for Fish Health and Biosecurity, Norwegian Veterinary Institute. He is also Professor II at the Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Dr Lillehaug is a member of OIE Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission, ICES Working Group on Pathology and Diseases of Marine Organisms, and he has also been member of group of experts 15V Veterinary sera and vaccines, European Pharmacopoeia Commission. He has research experience within epidemiology, vaccinology and biosecurity relating to fish health. Among scientific publications are the scientific book “Fish Vaccination” (2014, co-editor and chapter author), and papers relating to pharmaco-epidemiology and antibacterial treatments in farmed fish.

Árni M. Mathiesen
FAO

Mr Árni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General of the  Fisheries and Aquaculture Department at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. and an MSc in Aquatic Veterinary Science from the University of Stirling, U.K.  After completing his studies, he worked as a veterinarian, specializing in fish diseases for ten years and was also the Managing Director of an aquaculture firm.  Mr Mathiesen was a member of the Board of the Icelandic Veterinary Association from 1986 to 1987 as well as the Chairman of the Council for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from 1994 to 1999.  From 1990 to 1994, he was a member of the Board of the Guarantee Division of  Aquaculture Loans and, from 1994 to 1998, a member of the Board of the Agricultural Bank of Iceland and of the Agricultural Loan Fund.  In 1991, Mr Mathiesen was elected to the Icelandic Parliament and served as Minister for Fisheries from May 1999 to September 2005 and, subsequently, as Minister for Finance until February 2009.  Before joining FAO in 2010,  was a consultant for the Confederation of Icelandic Employers as well as working in a general veterinary practice in Iceland. 

Ingo Ernst

Atle Lillehaug is a senior scientist at the Section for Fish Health and Biosecurity, Norwegian Veterinary Institute. He is also Professor II at the Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Dr Lillehaug is a member of OIE Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission, ICES Working Group on Pathology and Diseases of Marine Organisms, and he has also been member of group of experts 15V Veterinary sera and vaccines, European Pharmacopoeia Commission. He has research experience within epidemiology, vaccinology and biosecurity relating to fish health. Among scientific publications are the scientific book “Fish Vaccination” (2014, co-editor and chapter author), and papers relating to pharmaco-epidemiology and antibacterial treatments in farmed fish.

Stian Johnsen

Atle Lillehaug is a senior scientist at the Section for Fish Health and Biosecurity, Norwegian Veterinary Institute. He is also Professor II at the Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Dr Lillehaug is a member of OIE Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission, ICES Working Group on Pathology and Diseases of Marine Organisms, and he has also been member of group of experts 15V Veterinary sera and vaccines, European Pharmacopoeia Commission. He has research experience within epidemiology, vaccinology and biosecurity relating to fish health. Among scientific publications are the scientific book “Fish Vaccination” (2014, co-editor and chapter author), and papers relating to pharmaco-epidemiology and antibacterial treatments in farmed fish.

CONFERENCE RESOURCES

Presentations

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Book of Abstracts

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Recommendations

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Flyer

The event flyer can be accessed through the link below.

GENERAL INFORMATION

VISA

1. Countries and regions with a diplomatic representation of Chile: to apply for a tourist visa to enter Chile, please consult the official site. 

2. Countries and regions without a diplomatic representation of Chile: participants must compulsorily send as soon as possible the scanned copy of their passport to the OIE (events_secretariat@oie.int) clearly indicating whether it is an ordinary, diplomatic, official or service passport. Partcipants must also provide the OIE with their flight itineraries. The OIE will take care of the visa procedure. If the visa application is accepted, we will inform participants accordingly and they will be able to get an Authorisation of entry at the airport in Santiago.

For more information about the visa process for Chile, please consult the following websites:

 http://visados.com/en/visa-for-Chile

 https://chile.gob.cl/es/consulados

Venue

Crowne Plaza Santiago

Hostelera Alameda SPA, Av. Libertador Bdo. O’Higgins 136, Santiago | 6513491 | Chile

ACCOMMODATION

It is suggested that participants stay in the Crowne Plaza Santiago, which is also the conference venue:

Crowne Plaza Santiago (5*)

Hotelera Alameda SPA

Av. Libertador Bdo. O’Higgins 136

Santiago | 6513491 | Chile

Room

Prices in USD per night

Traditional (Single) 130 USD + taxes and/or tips
Traditional (Double) 140 USD + taxes and/or tips

TRANSPORTATION

TAXI

Getting To/From Santiago de Chile Airport (Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International – SCL) To/From the Conference Venue (Crowne Plaza Santiago)

Average Cost

about 19,115 CLP per trip
TIME: 30-45 minutes

The average cost to take a cab from the airport to the hotel Crowne Plaza Santiago is approximatively 19 115 CLP per trip. The vehicles (black and yellow) are available outside of the arrivals terminal.

Please be informed that taxi drivers often try to make foreign tourists pay a very expensive fare for the ride. To avoid any inconvenience, make sure to negotiate and agree on the final price before getting into the taxi.

PUBLIC TRANSIT

TIME: 45 minutes

Bus tickets can be purchased both at the tickets desks or on board to the driver.

Option A: TurBus

COST:  1,700 CLP per trip / 2,800 CLP per roundtrip

TurBus turns to be one of the main bus services available at Santiago Airport. It runs from 05:00 AM to midnight every 10 minutes (shcedules may vary). The TurBus station in the aiport is located on the 1st level, next to exit 5.

To access the Crowne Plaza Santiago, take TurBus and get off at Terminal San Borja – Estación Central metro station. Then take the metro line 1 in direction of Los Dominicos and get off at Baquedano metro station. The Crowne Plaza Santiago is located on Avenue Libertador Bernard O’Higgins, about  5 minutes by walk from Baquedano metro station (click the button to access the metro map of Santiago).

For more information: +56 2 2822 7741 / +56 2 2822 7748 / 600 660 6600

Option B: Centropuerto

COST:  1,800 CLP per trip / 3,200 CLP per roundtrip

Centropuerto is the other bus company that offers direct connection between Santiago Airport and downtown. It runs from 06:00 AM to 11:30 PM every 10 minutes, and every 30 minutes between 11:30 PM to 05:40 AM (schedules may vary). The Centropuerto station in the airport is located on the 1st level between exits 4 and 5.

To access the Crowne Plaza Santiago, take the Centropuerto bus and get off at Los Héroes metro station. Then take the metro line 1 in direction of Los Dominicos and get off at Baquedano metro station. The Crowne Plaza Santiago is located on Avenue Liberador Bernard O’Higgins, about 5 minutes by walk from Baquedano metro station (click here to access the metro map of Santiago)

For more information: +56 2 2601 0883 / +56 2 2601 0549

PUBLICATIONS

Aquatic Animal Health Code

Twenty-first Edition, 2018; ISBN 978-92-95108-69-1
29.7 x 21 cm, 300 pp. ; Ref.: A 247, Price: 60 €

The Aquatic Code provides standards for the improvement of aquatic animal health worldwide. It also includes standards for good governance, the welfare of farmed fish and use of antimicrobial agents in aquatic animals. Competent Authorities should use the standards in the Aquatic Code to develop measures for early detection, internal reporting, notification and control of pathogenic agents in aquatic animals (amphibians, crustaceans, fish and molluscs) and preventing their spread via international trade in aquatic animals and aquatic animal products, while avoiding unjustified sanitary barriers to trade.

Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals

Seventh Edition, 2016; ISBN 978-92-9044-887-7

29.7 x 21 cm, 589 pp. ; Ref.: A 204, Price: 100 €

The purpose of the 7th Edition of the Aquatic Manual is to provide a uniform approach to the detection of the diseases listed in the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Code, so that the requirements for health certification in connection with trade in aquatic animals and aquatic animal products can be met. It includes bibliographical references and a list of the OIE Reference Laboratories for amphibian, crustacean, fish and mollusc diseases.

The Role of Aquatic Animal Health in Food Security

Ingo Ernst and Edmund Peeler, eds

Vol. 38 (2), August 2019, Trilingual; ISBN 978-92-95108-82-0

29.7 x 21 cm, 589 pp. ; Ref.: R 38(2), Price: 115 €

Aquatic animal diseases are a significant threat to aquatic animal production with frequent panzootics occurring in recent decades. The consequences of these outbreaks have been severe on livelihoods, the poor, contributions to human nutrition, opportunities to develop industries, biodiversity, animal welfare and wild aquatic animal resources. As aquaculture and trade in aquatic animals continue to grow, new pathogens will emerge that will add to current disease challenges. If food security is to be protected, success rates in preventing the spread of aquatic animal diseases and mitigating their impacts worldwide must be improved.

This issue explores the role of aquatic animal health in food security. It considers the importance of aquatic animal production for food security, provides case studies on the disease threats that have impacted aquatic animal production, and explores approaches to protecting aquatic animal production and food security from the impacts of aquatic animal diseases.

Expected in September 2019.

Guide for Aquatic Animal Health Surveillance

2009; ISBN 978-92-9044-767-2

29.7 x 21 cm, 114 pp. ; Ref.: A 172, Price: 50 €; In English

Efficient and reliable surveillance systems generate sound evidence for disease incidence, prevalence and distribution, or for demonstrating disease absence. Science-based decisions regarding the health of aquatic animals rely on the information generated by surveillance programs.

This practical handbook about surveillance is intended to be used mainly by Veterinary Services or other Competent Authorities, their staff and experts, for designing, implementing, and evaluating surveillance systems for diseases of relevance for aquatic animals in their country.

Aquatic Animal Health: ‘Riding the Wave to the Future’

2016; ISBN 978-92-9044-999-7

29.7 x 21 cm, 120 pp. ; Ref.: A 235, Price: 25 €; In English

Proceedings of the Third OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

These proceedings include 20 papers by internationally renowned experts who delivered presentations at the Third OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health. The conference addressed the importance of aquatic animal health in aquaculture and highlighted progress in building a global framework for improving the detection, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases.

Presentations addressed OIE standards for improving aquatic animal health with a focus on good governance, surveillance including diagnostic testing, and trade facilitating concepts such as zoning and compartmentalisation. OIE capacity building activities and opportunities and challenges for the future of aquatic animal health were also addressed.

These papers will inform readers about how to implement recommendations in the OIE Aquatic Code and Aquatic Manual, with the aim of improving aquatic animal health worldwide.

Aquatic Animal Health Programmes: their benefits for

global food security

2012; ISBN 978-92-9044-897-6

29.7 x 21 cm, 114 pp.; Ref.: A 207, Price: 25€; In English

Proceedings of the OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health, Panama City, Panama

This conference was both timely and decisive, because aquaculture is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and food derived from aquatic animals is a key source of high-quality animal protein for the growing global human population.

This conference showed that the OIE and the international community give priority to strengthening governance in aquatic animal health and are taking steps to support the efforts of developing countries, using the most appropriate tools at their disposal.

These proceedings, reviewed by experts from the Scientific Committee, provide an overview of available knowledge on aquatic animal health and its contribution to ensuring global food security.

CONTACT

Conference Secretariat

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

12 rue de Prony, 75017 Paris

FRANCE

Tel: 33 (0) 1 44 15 18 65

Fax: 33 (0) 1 42 67 09 87

Email: events_secretariat@oie.int

DONORS

This event is organised with financial support of the People’s Republic of China, the European Union, Japan, and Norad. The OIE would also like to thank the government of Chile for its significant financial and logistical support in organising this Conference.

SPONSORS

This conference is also organised with the financial support of Cermaq, the Norwegian Seafood Federation, Zoetis, Virbac-Centrovet, Aquachile, Elanco, and the University of Chile.

SPECIAL THANKS

This conference is organised with the participation of the Universidad Mayor.