​The Fourth FRDC Australasian Scientific Conference on Aquatic Animal Health & Biosecurity will be held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

 The conference provides a forum for presentation of research, diagnostic, epidemiology, management and policy issues encompassing all areas of aquatic animal health and bio-security. Previously, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation’s Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram has organized national scientific conferences (in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009) and Australasian scientific conferences (2011, 2013 and 2015) featuring presentations on aquatic animal health research in Australia and an international aquatic animal health expert as the keynote presenter. We anticipate that the Fourth Australasian Scientific Conference on aquatic Animal Health will attract participants from New Zealand, SE Asia and beyond.

We are pleased to announce that the conference keynote speakers will be Dr Grant Stentiford, Director, European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases, Team Leader, Pathology and Molecular Systematics at Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) Weymouth Laboratory, United Kingdom, and Dr Brian Jones, A/Manager, Bacteriology and Aquatic Animal Health, Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand, Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University, Western Australia, Australia.

In this second conference announcement you will find information about registration, abstract forms and accommodation details. Please register for the conference through Joanne Slater, FRDC Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram Coordinator (email: joanne.slater@csiro.au). Conference delegates will need to make their own accommodation arrangements.

If you have any queries with respect to any aspect of the conference please contact Joanne Slater or Mark Crane (mark.crane@csiro.au).

The proposed conference program will in part depend on the range of topics received as abstracts but we anticipate that it will at least include sessions on:
Bacterial and Fungal Infections of Finfish

Finfish Viruses

Finfish Parasites

Finfish Immunology & Vaccines

Diseases of Molluscs

Diseases of Crustaceans

Immune Responses in Invertebrates

Emergency Response


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