1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
Under this agreement, ARS will host a workshop in the U.S. to include U.S. and Russian aquaculture specialists to discuss potential areas for cooperation and also visit key U.S. labs that could be involved in future research projects.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
The Office of International Research Programs (OIRP) of ARS in coordination with Animal Production and Protection staff will develop the workshop agenda, and the overall itinerary for the workshop participants to include site visits to U.S. labs. The workshop is being supported under the U.S. – Russia Ag Working Group recognizing that both countries need improved monitoring/surveillance, reference laboratories for world animal health (OIE), research and diagnostic facilities and dedicated funding to support research cooperation.
3. Progress Report:
ARS formed a Steering Committee with members from the ARS Animal Production and Protection staff, Office of International Research Programs, and the Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Russian Kamchatka Research Institute of Fishery and Oceanography (KamchatNIRO) to develop the workshop agenda and identify U.S. and Russian participants. The workshop will take place at the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, Washington, October 2 – 4, 2012. Six Russian scientists along with approximately 10 -15 U.S. participants will take part in the workshop. Sessions will include Emerging and Established Diseases, Disease Surveillance, Diagnostics, Prevention and Control, Synthesis of Fish Health Management and implications for future.