The 2014 Edition of the “Blue Book” 2014 (Suggested Procedures for the Detection and Identification of Certain Finfish and Shellfish Pathogens) is now online and open access.

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The American Fisheries Society’s Fish Health Section Executive Committee recently approved an online / open access format of the Blue Book, with intent to provide others access to information on the detection and diagnosis of aquatic animal diseases.

The primary purpose of the Blue Book is to provide standardized diagnostic laboratory assay protocols for aquatic animal diseases. Standardized procedures and protocols will allow more informed decisions when evaluating weather animals are free of important disease causing agents, that is important in intrastate, interstate or international movement of aquatic animals, certifying disease freedom in an aquaculture operation, and other important regulatory issues.

New or updated in the 2014 edition are parts of the diagnostic section (motile aeromonas septicemia, weissellosis, general procedures for electron microscopy, viral erythrocytic necrosis and Infection with hematodinium) and inspection section (myxobolus cerebralis, a virology position statement and a parasitology position statement).

To access the online version of the Blue Book, go to

For questions or queries please contact one of the following member of the Blue Book technical standards committee:
Keven Snekvik, Chair (
Nick Phelps (
Maureen Purcell, (

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