Subregional Office for Central Asia (SEC)

Fish Disease Practical Training Course

Trabzon, Turkey, 17-21 February 2014

A practical training course on fish disease will be held from February 17 to 21 in Trabzon, Turkey with the financial support of the Regional Programme for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development-FishDev Central Asia, which is being conducted under the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme (FTPP).

The course will be carried out in collaboration with the Central Fisheries Research Institute, based at Trabzon, Turkey, of the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MFAL). Along with the participating partners of FishDev Central, namely Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, the training also targets to involve government staff, researchers from ministerial and academic research institutions.

The primary objective of the practical training course is to provide basic practical fish disease diagnostic techniques for participants. The course will be conducted in laboratory and include hands-on sessions of diagnosis techniques for fish disease. The course content includes the following thematic areas:

·         Microbiological diagnosis

·         Parasitological diagnosis

·         Histological/pathological diagnosis

·         Haematology/biochemistry diagnosis, and

·         Molecular diagnosis techniques.

The practical training course is designed in response to requests made at the regional introductory training workshop which was organized in 2012 with the attempt of evaluating the status of aquatic fish health management in Central Asia and Caucasus (CAC) region. The training also serves to the purpose of fulfilling a bigger goal within the scope of FishDev which aims to ensure a gradual development of national and regional systems, awareness raising on fish health and prevention of fish diseases, and updating of national legislation for strengthened compliance and enforcement.