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Research Project: Fish Health

Location: Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit

Project Number: 6066-31320-004-02-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2016
End Date: May 31, 2021

Objective:
Conduct aquaculture research addressing disease related issues effecting production efficiency of farm raised catfish. Research addresses components of the USDA-ARS action plan for National Program 106 – Aquaculture. Projects will focus on the development rapid molecular based diagnostic tests used in disease surveillence, disease treatment and prevention, and development of best management practices that lessen the impact of infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Approach:
All research conducted under this agreement will address practical, production oriented fish health or disease problems facing the farm-raised catfish industry in the southeastern United States. Research projects will be conducted using pond and laboratory facilities at the Delta Research and Extension Center (National Warmwater Aquaculture Center, Stoneville, MS). These facilities are under the direction of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) and Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Research will address problems in the following broad subject areas: fish health management, vaccine development, diagnostic and clinical research, epidemiology, and risk assessment modeling. On-farm demonstration projects, scientific articles, technical bulletins and educational workshops will be used to disseminate information to stakeholders.