Workshop on Biofloc Technology and Shrimp Diseases
December 9-10 2013,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Disease continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing the global marine shrimp farming industry. Over the past thirty years improving shrimp farming technologies have enabled increasing intensification, improved growth rates and more sustainable farming practices. Nevertheless, catastrophic disease outbreaks have plagued growers in major producing countries worldwide culminating in the current epidemic of Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease.
An expanding number of anecdotal observations from production systems along with limited controlled research results, suggest that biofloc systems help to reduce incidence of shrimp and fish disease outbreaks. It has been suggested that this may be related to more stable and broad based microbial communities in these systems. Though intriguing, the reliability and scope of the data is limited and contrary examples have been reported.
The objective reporting, responsible and balanced consideration of the information available by members of the professional aquaculture community can provide a foundation for the establishment of research priorities and practical applications which may be applied towards holistic solutions for the grave disease problems currently facing the industry.
The goal of this workshop was to gather a group of interested and experienced people to discuss the issue, to summarize what we know and to define the major information gaps. In light of these presentations and discussions workshop outputs may serve to highlight recommended research priorities and potential practical means to reduce disease outbreaks.
We look forward to working together towards this goal.
Tung Hoang, Yoram Avnimelech Craig Browdy, and John Hargreaves
Download the Biofloc Workshop Proceedings Here