The European Association of Fish Pathologists (EAFP) hosted the 19th Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish in Porto (Portugal), 9-12 September 2019. The conference was opened by prof. Rod Wilson (University of Exeter, UK) with a lecture on “The effects of CO2 and related water chemistry on fish: climate change v. aquaculture.”
The conference comprised of the following 20 sessions: 1) Climate changes, ocean acidification and disease; 2) Bacterial diseases; 3) Parasitological diseases; 4) Emerging and alien pathogen species; 5) Diseases of public concern; 6) Aquatic animals epidemiology; 7) Viruses and viral diseases; 8) Host-parasite interactions; 9) Diseases of wild and ornamental fish; 10) Disease of uncertain aetiology 11) Immunomodulators and aquatic animal health; 12) Antimicrobial resistance in fish and shellfish; 13) Diagnostics; 14) Aquatic animal welfare; 15) Fish and shellfish immunology; 16) Molluscs and crustacean diseases; 17) Myxozoa; 18) Prophylaxis; 19) Vaccines; 20) Environmental and toxicological diseases.
In addition, during the Conference the six workshops were organized: 1) H2020 VIVALDI project (EU project in the framework of the Horizon 2020 program aimed to solving the problems of diseases in molluscs); 2) H2020 projects MEDAid and PERFORMFish (EU projects within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program aimed to improving the epizootic situation among aquacultural fish species of the Mediterranean Sea) 3) Biosecurity in aquaculture; 4) H2020 project PARAFISHCONTROL (EU project in the framework of the Horizon 2020 program, the main purpose of which is the invention of effective means of treatment and prevention of parasitic diseases); 5) Co-infections and multiply stressors; 6) Student writing. Moreover, the round table “Trans-national study to define epidemiological cut-off values (ECOFF) for Vibrio and other aquatic bacteria” was arranged.
The reports were held in parallel sessions, so participants freely decided on the topic and listened to the speaker. In addition to oral talks (244 in total), 318 posters were presented. During the conference, participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with any stand and discuss with the author. As a result, the conference was attended by over 600 participants from around the world.
Thanks to NACEE, the head of Laboratory of Biotechnology in Aquaculture, Institute of Fisheries of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ph.D. Rud Yuriy have participated the EAFP2019 Conference. Yuri’s talk on the “First Detection of Sturgeon Mimivirus in Ukraine” was awarded the EAFP Early Career Scientists Awards.