Sustainable Aquaculture Digital - February 2015

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Bivalves emiology h sted animals from the ment Manager for Advances in methods for spawning adults, collecting spat, cultivating larvae and innova- tions in on-growing technologies have moved the industry forward, making it worth several tens of millions of dollars and providing em- ployment to a large number of people. One of the truisms of cultivation however, is that animals are generally grown under natu- ral conditions and are thus subject to a range of attacks from predators, environmental change and diseases. One group of parasites that has attracted in- ternational interest from scientists, regulators and the industry are commonly referred to as microcells due to their small size. Despite all the scientific advances, no treatment for these parasites exists and they continue to cause issues for the industry. The two main genera of concern for shellfish are Bonamia and Mikrocytos. As a result of a workshop held in Lelystad, the Netherlands, in February 2012, fourteen pa- pers, covering phylogeny, detection methods and epidemiology, as well as reviews of the two main genera, were written by experts in shellfish diseases and published in late July 2014 in the international journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Around a third of these are freely available, with the others either being accessible behind a pay wall or by contacting the authors di- rectly (see stracts/dao/v110/n1-2/ for access information and a full listing of papers avail- able). As with most scientific papers, the often asked question is so what? Is there any value to the industry to be gleaned from these pub- lications? Whilst some of what is written may

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