The Fish Health Unit has expanded, with the integration of fish health diagnostic services with fish disease research, to create the Centre for Aquatic Animal Health and Vaccines.
The Centre plays a key role in promoting aquatic animal health and managing disease risk, with a focus on Tasmania's aquaculture industries. Together with the Animal Health Laboratory, we are involved in work from Hatch to Harvest:
aquatic animal disease surveillance
health testing and disease diagnosis
research involving the development and testing of vaccines for bacterial and viral infections
research and development of responsive fish health diagnostic capabilities
The Centre is operated by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment with support from the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers' Association and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.
Refer to the Centre's Aquatic Animal Health and Vaccines strategic plan for more information.
Disease diagnosis and research activities
Major services provided and activities performed include:
providing a Fish Virology diagnostic service for salmonid fish based on virus isolation and culture on cell lines
participating in research projects dealing with fish health issues and in particular the development and testing of fish vaccines
kits for the identification of bacterial fish pathogens
enquiries about the supply of vaccines should be made to Salmon Tasmania.