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Healthy Fish Help Trout Farmers Improve Profitability

AUSTRALIA - Trout farmers in Victoria have had the help of Dr Matt Landos, a leading aquatic veterinarian from Future Fisheries, to help improve their fish health management skills.

Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria Anthony Hurst said the training involved a series of workshops where farmers were given intensive tuition in preventing, diagnosing and treating fish disease.

“The training programme is one element of a broader climate change project about improving the resilience of aquaculture sectors to climate variability,” Mr Hurst said.

"Fish farmers recognise that healthy fish perform better, grow faster and improve profitability.

“Other elements of the training included the responsible use of therapeutic treatments and development of fish health management plans.

“Fisheries Victoria is working closely with industry stakeholders to implement the Victorian Government's Climate Change Initiative for Fisheries and Aquaculture.

“The initiative is helping the fishing and aquaculture sectors and fisheries managers to understand the implications of climate variability and adapt to those challenges.

“It is part of the Future Farming strategy which is investing $205 million over four years to build a strong and secure future for the farming sector.”

Future Farming provides support and services for farm businesses and rural communities - to help them make decisions about their future and meet the challenges of uncertain prices and demand, climate change and competitive global markets.

The training events, which were all booked out, were strongly supported by the Victorian Trout Association which represents the interests of many of Australia's freshwater trout farmers.

the Fish Site Editor

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