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Maintaining biosecurity in aquaculture systems: A constraint or a challenge

Perera, R.P., Jones, B.ORCID: 0000-0002-0773-2007, Beers, P., Kleeman, S. and McGladdery, S. (2005) Maintaining biosecurity in aquaculture systems: A constraint or a challenge. In: 6th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture, 25 - 28 October 2005, Colombo, Sri Lanka



Biosecurity can be defined as the protection of plants, animals (including humans and associated activities) and the wider environment from the unwanted impacts of biological agents including diseases and pests. As a discipline, biosecurity can be applied at various levels. In the context of aquatic animal disease, this can range from managing the health of individual animals, through whole commercial enterprise to national or international biosecurity. The last three decades or so have seen an increase in the farming of aquatic animals worldwide – a situation compounded from a biosecurity perspective by a quantum leap in aquaculture technologies, countries and species new to aquaculture, increased international movement of juvenile animals and broodstock; all in an environment of little knowledge of the health status of source populations and the frequent emergence of new diseases. The end-result of this change has been significant farm level production losses well documented in the scientific and lay literature. The focus on increased farm level biosecurity in recent times has been in direct response to this very real threat. All aquaculture operations rely on trade (commercial exchanges) to some extent. Trade provides stock, genetic material, inputs (such as feeds, vaccines, treatments, etc.) and takes the outputs (product). Aquaculture operations are not isolated from the realities of trade and the associated biosecurity risks. This paper describes the various elements that make for good farm level biosecurity and assesses the resourcing needs against net long- and short-term benefits to production. This paper also examines the role that farm biosecurity plays in overall regional or national biosecurity systems, with particular emphasis on the Australian experience. Farm level biosecurity is placed in context with inter- or intra-national disease zoning (and compartmentalisation), national quarantine control and global biosecurity initiatives such as international disease reporting and standards setting. The necessity for on-farm biosecurity as a complement to zoning and the more traditional country quarantine requirements is emphasized.

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