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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

Name of Speaker

CREDENTIALS OF SPEAKER

CONFERENCE RESOURCES

Presentations

The presentations will be made available on this page

15 days after the Conference.

Book of Abstracts

The Book of Abstracts will be made available on this page

15 days after the Conference.

Recommendations

The Recommendations will be made available on this page

15 days after the Conference.

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, and Centrovet.   

SPECIAL THANKS

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