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SEAFDEC/AQD urges biosecurity for shrimp farms

PHILIPPINES - In a recent biosecurity forum, Dr. Joebert Toledo, Chief of the Aquaculture Department (AQD) of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), has offered to provide shrimp farmers free diagnostic services as soon as they begin suspecting or experiencing a disease outbreak.

SEAFDEC/AQD disease experts discuss viral diseases.

The forum entitled "Biosecurity aspects on common shrimp viral diseases" was attended by 27 shrimp farm operators, local government units (LGUs), and aquaculture companies. It was held in SEAFDEC's Dumangas Brackishwater Station (DBS) in Dumangas, Iloilo on May 31. The towns represented include Zarraga, Leganes, and Dumangas.

This was SEAFDEC's way of extending help to shrimp farmers in order to prevent losses from viral diseases. SEAFDEC conducts nested polymerase chain reaction (nested PCR) tests which can detect white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) among others. WSSV is the present scourge of the tiger shrimp industry.

The techno-forum was conducted to get a consensus among the Zarraga-Leganes-Dumangas shrimp farms on what to do when a viral disease hits one of them. The primary consideration is for the viral infection not to spread and for shrimp farms not to automatically drain the infected water to common waterways.

SEAFDEC experts Dr. Leobert dela Peña and Dr. Gilda Lio-Po lectured and discussed about shrimp viral diseases, their detection and prevention while DBS station head Ms. Jocelyn Ladja explained the biosecurity measures at the SEAFDEC station that shrimp farmers can adopt.

Source: The News Today

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