Submitted to: World Aquaculture Society Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/18/2006
Publication Date: 5/9/2006
Citation: Evans, J.J., Klesius, P.H., Shoemaker, C.A., Pasnik, D.J. 2006. Streptococcal vaccinology in warm-water fish. Aqua 2006 includes: World Aquaculture 2006 and Aquaculture/Europe2006. May 9-13, 2006. Florence, Italy. p. 293.
Technical Abstract: Minimizing the effects of diseases is crucial to prevent mortality, morbidity, and to promote optimal growth and feed conversion in sustained culture of warm-water fish in fresh, estuarine and marine waters. The control of diseases has been dependent on the use of therapeutics since the inception of aquaculture. The resolute demands of consumers, environmental and governmental groups for wholesome fish and for an environment free of potentially harmful drugs in aquaculture production have increased. In addition, issues related to increased emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens have made headlines and stimulated serious public concern. The continued growth and well-being of the aquaculture industry requires that the industry meet the challenges for minimizing the effects of disease and provide a wholesome product, while preventing further development in pathogen resistance to antibiotics and chemotherapeutics. The aquaculture industry can meet these challenges with more rapid and expanded health management practices that make use of vaccines to increase survival, optimal growth, and feed conversion of farmed fish.