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Expert EMS Panel Finalised for GOAL 2014 Conference

08 September 2014

VIET NAM - New presentations just scheduled for the disease risk management sessions at the Global Aquaculture Alliance GOAL 2014 conference will focus largely on new developments in the global fight against early mortality syndrome (EMS) in shrimp. Taken together, these developments mark a changing tide in the battle against EMS.

On 8 October, the second day of the 7-10 October conference organised by the Global Aquaculture Alliance in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, a representative from Mexico will explain how genetic resistance is turning around falling production in that country.

Tim Flegel of the Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency will speak on more efficient polymerase chain reaction diagnostic tools that are providing the first hard data on the presence of EMS in hatcheries, which is leading to improved management techniques.

Loc Tran of the Minh Phu Aquamekong ShrimpVet Lab at Nong Lam University will describe techniques for management of EMS through greater control of the microbial community in shrimp ponds. One method that has proven particularly effective in Viet Nam is polyculture with tilapia.

Peter Marshall of R.S. Standards and the Best Aquaculture Practices Zone Management Technical Committee will review how lessons learned from risk management can be applied to improved policies and regulations in existing and new aquaculture areas.

The preliminary results of GAA’s global survey on EMS will also be presented at GOAL 2014. The survey has been collecting information from shrimp farms in the main areas affected by EMS - China, Viet Nam, Thailand, Malaysia and Mexico - regarding the disease’s effects on production and practices that are reducing EMS impacts.

The online survey is available in multiple languages on the Global Aquaculture Alliance website at

To assist respondents in areas with limited Internet access, the system allows a single user to submit multiple survey responses for others. The deadline for survey results to be included in the GOAL 2014 analysis is 15 September.

TheFishSite News Desk

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