A new five-year plan to manage the health of Australia’s aquatic animals.

From: “Dr. David Scarfe”
Date: 2 November 2014 0:11:38 AWST
Subject: AquaVetMed e-News: Australia’s Revised AQUAPLAN for 2014-2019

November 1, 2014

Australia’s National Strategic Plan for Aquatic Animal Health outlines the shared vision of governments and aquatic animal industries for a sustainable and prosperous future of Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors valued at $2.3 billion in 2012. AQUAPLAN outlines agreed industry and government priorities to improve national biosecurity and health management policies.

The plan was endorsed in August by the Agriculture Ministers’ Forum and by aquaculture and fisheries industries through the National Aquatic Animal Health Industry Reference Group in January. Industry and governments are jointly responsible for implementing the plan and will work together to achieve the objectives and to ensure Australia remains a leader in aquatic animal health management.

AQUAPLAN 2014-2019 has five objectives, each of which is supported by activities that address specific aquatic animal health management issues. They include:
1. Improving regional and enterprise-level biosecurity
2. Strengthening emergency disease preparedness and response capability
3. Enhancing surveillance and diagnostic services
4. Improving availability of appropriate veterinary medicines
5. Improving education, training and awareness

Over the next five years the department will lead on a number of activities to improve awareness of nationally significant aquatic animal diseases and will investigate the use of mobile technology to enhance reporting. Australia’s Department of Agriculture will coordinate a review of the existing Aquatic Animal Health Training Scheme (2013–14), and are looking to improve the breadth of comprehensive data in Australia’s online database for aquatic animal diseases and pathogens.

AQUAPLAN covers aquatic animal health issues relevant to aquaculture, commercial fisheries, recreational fisheries, the ornamental fish industry, the tourism industry and the environment. Its objectives are supported by activities to address specific aquatic animal health management issues associated with infectious diseases of finfish, molluscs and crustaceans.

AQUAPLAN 2014–2019 is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/animal-plant-health/aquatic/aquaplan. For more information or to receive a hardcopy of AQUAPLAN 2014–2019, contact the Aquatic Pest and Health Policy team at aah@agriculture.gov.au.

Source: Australia Biosecurity Bulletin – Edition 5, 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/pg4s6sf).
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