Intervet participate at ISTA 7 in Mexico

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
12 September 2006, at 1:00am

MEXICO - The seventh International Symposium for Tilapia Aquaculture (ISTA 7) was held in Veracruz, Mexico from the 6th to the 9th of September, 2006.

Three Intervet staff (Cedric Komar of Intervet Norbio Singapore, and Oscar Parra and Marcos Godoy of Intervet Chile) attended the symposium.

This series of symposia was initiated in Israel in 1983 and was followed by symposia in Thailand, Ivory Coast, USA, Brazil and, most recently, the Philippines in 2004.

The proceedings of these meetings bring together the most up to date information for farmers, scientists and processors and are a very important vehicle for bringing together the various sectors of this very diverse and rapidly expanding industry.

Delegates from over 20 different countries were at the conference. Given the increasing importance of infectious diseases in tilapia farming, one entire session was devoted to Streptococci and other pathologies. In this session, chaired by Dr. Phil Klesius, Cedric Komar from Intervet Norbio Singapore presented an overview of the emerging diseases in tilapia.

Due to the economical impact of infectious diseases in tilapia farming during recent years, there is an increasing awareness among farmers that prevention is better than cure and that health management and vaccination strategies should become a critical factor in the success of this industry.

Three new tilapia books have just been published and were launched at the conference, one by Professor Abdel-Fattah M. El-Sayad from Alexandria University (Egypt), titled Tilapia Culture, and the other two by Kevin Fitzsimmons, titled Tilapia Biology Culture and Nutrition and Atlas of Tilapia Histology.