Health

The Aquatic Animal Health Programme assists members to reduce the risks of aquatic animal disease impacting the livelihoods of farmers, national economies, trade, environment and human health by:

  • Improving regional cooperation in aquatic animal health and welfare.
  • Developing and implementing national strategies on aquatic animal health.
  • Improving surveillance, reporting and response to disease emergencies.
  • Promoting harmonisation of diagnostic procedures and risk assessment.
  • Widespread promotion of better aquatic animal health management practices at the farm level.

Key activities

Key activities of the programme include:

  • Convening the annual meeting of the Asia Regional Advisory Group on Aquatic Animal Health, coordinating the Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Report and bringing regional issues to the attention of global standard setting bodies such as the Office International des Epizooties.
  • Establishment and expansion of a three-tier shared resource in aquatic animal health.
  • Development of farm-level health management tools for key aquaculture commodities.
  • Supporting regional disease surveillance and reporting.
  • Strengthening aquatic animal health and biosecurity in the region.
  • Facilitating harmonisation in disease diagnostic techniques.
  • Developing resource material in support of diagnosis and surveillance.

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Subject tags

A collection of subject tags relating to technical matters.

In this collection

Policy guidelines, certification and codes of practice

Policy briefs and guidelines, certification standards, codes of practice and other voluntary instruments relating to aquaculture.

Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Report

The Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease report provides information about the status of aquatic animal disease in 21 participating states in the Asia-Pacific region. The diseases covered in the report are reviewed annually by the Asia Regional Advisory Group on Aquatic Animal Health. The report was first published in the second quarter of 1998. It is a joint activity between NACA, FAO and the OIE Regional Representation (Tokyo). 

Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Report, January-March 2000

This report, the seventh in the series, contains information about the aquatic animal health status of seventeen states in the Asia-Pacific region.

Environment and sustainability

Maintaining environmental integrity while increasing food production will require farming systems to reduce their unit production environmental footprint. The Sustainable Farming Systems Programme aims to help aquaculture become a more efficient user of natural resources. The programme develops better management practices for major aquaculture farming systems, and promotes aquaculture as a secondary or additional use of water resources. The programme focusses on practical interventions that can be directly achieved by small-scale farmers in a developing country context.

Aquatic plants

Information relating to the aquaculture and mangroves, seaweeds and aquatic plants.

Marine finfish

Information relating to aquaculture of marine finfish.

Gender

The Gender Programme was established to ensure that NACA implements the action plans on gender mainstreaming within its activities. With a continued interest in embracing gender integration among relevant agencies, NACA aims to build up capacity of members in gender mainstreaming in all its undertakings, and motivate support and action globally. Adding a gender dimension in aquaculture value chains will give assurance to consumers that seafood has been produced sustainably.

Culture-based fisheries

Culture-based fisheries (CBF) are stock enhancement practices to improve the productivity of water bodies that do not have enough natural recruitment to support a capture fishery. The stocked seed usually rely on the natural productivity of the water body as food supply. 

Asia Regional Advisory Group on Aquatic Animal Health

The Asia Regional Advisory Group on Aquatic Animal Health meets annually to discuss regional disease issues including emerging disease threats. The group was established by the Governing Council of NACA to provide advice to member governments in the Asia-Pacific region. This collection comprises the reports of the annual meetings of the group. The reports are a rich source of information concerning the current disease status of the region and new or emerging diseases of aquatic animals.

Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease Report, October-December 1999

This report, the sixth in the series, contains information about the aquatic animal health status of twenty states in the Asia-Pacific region. The foreword discusses capacity building initiatives to improve disease surveillance in the region.