6 June 2011
Worldwide, production of farmed fish has skyrocketed from less than 1 million tons per year in the early 1950s to nearly 52 million tons with a value of US $80 billion — an annual growth rate of nearly 7%.
Tilapia production, in particular, has markedly increased because of the fish’s large size, rapid growth and palatability.
Not surprisingly, greater demands on production systems have also increased the level of disease challenge. The tilapia industry must, therefore, find and implement new ways to manage costly diseases and maintain efficient production.
To help with this effort, MSD Animal Health organized an educational symposium, “Bacterial Disease in Warmwater Fish: New Strategies for Sustainable Control.”
Held in conjunction with the 2011 World Aquaculture Society conference in Natal, Brazil, the symposium gave recognized experts the opportunity to share their latest research and insights with production managers of the world’s top tilapia farms.
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