Workshop on Biofloc Technology and Shrimp Diseases Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam December 9-10 2013
The damage inflicted by outbreaks and spread of viral and bacterial diseases costs the aquaculture industry many billions of dollars per year. Recent shrimp losses in many major producing countries have had severe economic repercussions. Disease control is critical to the existence of sustainable and profitable aquaculture. Recently, increasing laboratory and field observations have been reported on the use of biofloc technology (or green water and other integrated aquaculture methods) to help manage such disease outbreaks. Yet, in most cases, these observations were not objectively supported, precluding the establishment of clear, reproducible and detailed conclusions.The present workshop is being organized to review new scientific studies and observations on the effect of biofloc technology on disease occurrence and on the health of shrimp and fish, to summarize field experience, to suggest further research priorities and to propose applied strategies to minimize disease outbreaks.
The workshop will take place on December 9-10, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, immediately preceeding the APA13 conference.
We are fortunate to have reputable scientists and practitioners who have agreed to present findings and to participate in facilitated discussions with workshop attendees to review existing data and develop new ideas for the application of biofloc technologies as a part of holistic health maintenance strategies
The workshop will start on Monday, Dec. 9, 13:00 with a session on environmental effects on shrimp diseases including papers on the basics of shrimp diseases and immune system and the effects of management and environmental conditions on the diseases.
The workshop will resume with a half day session on Tuesday December 10 to discuss field observations and experiments as a potential means to minimize diseases.
The tentative program for the workshop is included below. The workshop is open to any interested individual.
Registration for both days is US$ 75 and $ 25 for the second day only.
Registration to the workshop can be made through the World Aquaculture Society on-line registration s for APA13 (http://www.was.org/) or on site.
For planning purposes, individuals who will be paying on site are encouraged to preregister with the conference organizers.For more details or to preregister please contact
Course Overview Biofloc technology is a new approach to the sustainable production of shrimp and fish. Biofloc technology (BFT) is based upon the integration of the water, micro-biota of the water, feed and the target production. Water exchange is reduced to a minimum, feed is recycled in the system (feed expenses reduced), production rates are about 10 times higher than those of conventional systems and disease risks are reduced. The system allows for a more profitable production and is environmentally friendly.
Professor (Emeritus) Yoram Avnimelech from the Israel Institute of Technology is one of the founders of Biofloc Technology, heads the International Working Group on Biofloc Technology (BFT) and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Aquaculture Engineering Society, USA. Professor Avnimelech published more than 100 papers in refereed scientific journals, edited 4 books and had 34 graduate students toward the master and doctorate degrees. He is the author of the book " Biofloc Technology - A Practical Guide Book ".