Cefas recognised as disease experts

Cefas's disease prevention expertise has been recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health Photo: Cefas Cefas's disease prevention expertise has been recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health Photo: Cefas
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The UK’s science expertise and international leadership in identifying and managing new diseases that affect aquaculture has been recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquatic Science (Cefas) has been designated by the OIE as the collaborating centre for Emerging Aquatic Animal Disease, building on Cefas’ expertise in disease detection and diagnosis.

Professor Stephen Feist, collaborating centre director said, "The international consortia of labs will provide a unique mechanism to tackle emerging disease threats in aquaculture and fisheries globally, ensuring rapid detection, sharing of knowledge and expertise in mitigating their effects.

"Cefas’s leading capability in pathogen identification, diagnostics, pathology and disease management will ensure that new threats are rapidly identified and notified to appropriate authorities to assist control.”

The centre will play a central role in achieving effective aquatic animal disease control in developing countries where aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food sectors and a critical source of food and income. The centre supports the aim of sustainable production with particular focus on strengthening global food security and prevention of devastating economic and social impacts associated with disease.

A network of associate laboratories based in the major aquaculture regions of China, Thailand, India, South Africa, North and South America as well as the two European Reference Laboratories for Fish and Crustacean Diseases and for Mollusc Diseases in Denmark and France respectively will partner with Cefas to focus on emerging disease issues.

The centre draws upon the expertise of around 90 Cefas scientists specialising in fish, mollusc and crustacean health, based at Cefas’s Weymouth Laboratory and is funded by Defra.

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