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Aquatic Animal Epidemiology

Aquatic epidemiology is the application of epidemiologic principles and tools to the study of aquatic animal species and the ecosystems in which they reside. The AECL is engaged in the global effort to enhance the health and well-being of aquatic species through the application of epidemiologic methods in our study of natural ecosystems and the development of sound aquaculture practices.


Eco-epidemiology Ecosystem Health
Ecosystem Monitoring
Eco-epidemiology-contaminated stream redhorse CTF


Aquatic Species

Aquatic species for human consumption are either harvested from natural stocks, or farmed. Aquatic animal epidemiologists work to sustain the health of free-ranging populations and ensure the health and growth of species grown in commercial production systems, hobbyists pond and display aquaria.


Aquaculture: Ponds  
aerial view of catfish farm oyster-pond-France
Aquaculture: Tanks/Raceways Mariculture: Bivalves Mariculture: Fish
Trout-raceway-NC table-culture-France salmon net pen

Commercial Fishing
Molluscan Shellfish
Seafood Marketing
Fishing boats-France clams in baskets Retail-Seafood-Counter

Display Aquaria
Aquarium Hobbyists
Display Aquaria
Ornamenta Fish Ponds
CVM-Aquarium Display Aquarium2-CVM Ornamental-carp


Bilateral Shellfish Initiative
Seafood Resources: Consumers
Oyster-barge-France Street Vendor Chile

The AECL works cooperatively with the International Society for Aquatic Animal Epidemiology to promote research and training in aquatic animal epidemiology. Epidemollogists from around the globe are working with aquaculture producers, fisheries biologists, and nation states, foundations and agencies to identify and mitigate the factors that effect the health of aquatic species and aquatic ecosystems.

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