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Technical annual report 2000-01



Technical annual report 2000-01


Dept. of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical annual report; Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical and annual report; Reports; PublicationNT; Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295




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Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295



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Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries 296 SUBPROGRAM: Aquatic Animal Health Services PROJECT: Development and Implementation of Aquatic Health Services Project Officers: J. Humphrey, K. Fomiatti, S. Walsh, L. Small, N. Elliott, N. Cox, S. Benedict, M. Barton, G. Schipp, G. Williams, S. Wilmore, R. Wilson and C. Day. Location: Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories and Darwin Aquaculture Centre Objective: To develop and implement disease diagnostic services and disease control programs to support aquaculture and fisheries in the Northern Territory Justification: Successful aquaculture depends on optimising production in a disease free environment. The maintenance of healthy farmed populations of fish and shellfish depends on the early detection of disease as a basis for control and treatment, as well as protection from introduced diseases through quarantine and health certification. This project supports current and future aquaculture in the Northern Territory through a program of disease diagnosis, health certification, quarantine and disease prevention and control. 2000/2001 Results: Disease diagnostic tests have continued to be developed and expanded in pathology and histopathology. Bacteriological tests for the common marine Vibrionic bacteria have been implemented in collaboration with the Fish Health Unit, Mt Pleasant Laboratories, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment. Molecular based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays for the diagnosis of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) have been developed and are in routine use. Electron microscopic capabilities are now available for ultrastructural diagnostic procedures. Further characterisation of a range of fish and shellfish parasites has been undertaken. A major development during the year was the attainment of certification in the area of fish diseases from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). Pre and post import conditions and testing for movements of fish, crustaceans and molluscs have been developed and implemented to decrease the risk of introducing or transferring disease in translocated species. Overall monitoring and surveillance activities for fish, crustaceans and molluscs have further defined the nature and geographic distribution of pathogens and parasites in the Northern Territory, as a basis for disease diagnosis and control and as a basis for quarantine.