Advancing Aquatic Animal Health Diagnostic Testing in Hawaii
|University of Hawaii at Manoa and HDOA
|Jenee Odani, PhD and Lei Yamasaki
To improve the health of aquacultured animals in Hawaii by investigating whether pathogens are present in water samples from imported aquatic animal shipments and live feeds, to improve the capability of collection and state-wide dissemination of information regarding disease events from the region and around the world.
1. Survey imported aquatic animal shipments for selected pathogens, including KHV (for carp), TiLV and Fno (for cichlids).
2. Survey live feeds, such as zooplankton cultures (e.g., Moina, Daphnia, Gammarus) used to feed fish larvae and fry, and Artemia used in shrimp culture for the selected pathogens (e.g., Fno, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and V. vulnificus).
3. Provide rapid testing of aquatic animals via traditional diagnostic methods, PCR, and newer rapid assays to determine the cause of morbidity and mortality events when they occur.
4. Create an aggregated record of aquaculture-relevant disease events and related inputs and improve communication of disease events pertinent to Hawaii producers