“Towards protecting indigenous fish and amphibian populations from disease risks posed by ornamental fish.”
RANA will assess the threat of systemic iridoviruses to amphibians, and farmed and wild freshwater fish in the EU. It will:
- Develop diagnostic methods for the detection of systemic iridoviruses in tissues of infected species
- Develop methods to differentiate highly virulent strains from the less potent ones
- Monitor disease in amphibians and ornamental fish to assess the presence of systemic iridoviruses
- Make recommendations for preventing the incursion and spread of serious iridoviral diseases in the EU
Contribution to policy development:
- RANA will provide scientific support for EU policy and legislation that prevents the spread of diseases among fish populations.
- EU fish health legislation is currently under revision (SANCO/10774/2003) and RANA will provide any evidence of additional disease hazards for farmed fish and any need to protect the health of wild fish populations.
- RANA will advise on whether new legislation should be brought in to apply health requirements to amphibians.
- Evidence from the project will inform discussion on the need for any further trade restrictions.