FAO Fisheries Department

Risk Analysis for Movements of Live Aquatic Animals - An introductory training course



Risk analysis is complex subject that is best learned by actual

experience. This manual will assist national competent authorities

and others involved in the assessment and management of

risks associated with the international or domestic moment of

live aquatic animals in training professional staff and raising

awareness and understanding among other stakeholders of the

principles and methodology of risk analysis. Using the training

course manual and the recommended supplementary materials,

responsible managers will be able to train staff in the planning and

supervision of risk analyses. The training course will also assist

specialists in the fields of disease, genetics or ecology of aquatic

animals to successfully conduct risk analyses in a manner that

incorporates best scientific knowledge, is transparent and includes

adequate stakeholder consultation.

Using a structured step-wise process, the training course guides

trainees through the risk analysis process as applied in the analysis

of ecological, genetic and pathogen risks. Through the use of a

series of lectures (provided on an accompanying CD in the form of

11 PowerPoint presentations), and using case studies and a series

of five linked working group exercises that should be adapted

by trainers to reflect local situations and priorities, the course

provides an in-depth look at risk analysis as currently applied for

evaluation of risks due to pathogens (import risk analysis). Trainees

are guided from the initial process of establishing a commodity

description and scoping a risk analysis through to conducting

the four risk analysis components of hazard identification, risk

assessment, risk management and risk communication. They are

also encouraged to evaluate their national experiences with introductions

and transfers of live aquatic animals, and to assess their

current capacity, and any policy, legislative or technical improvements

needed to effectively implement risk analysis for the safe

movements of live aquatic animals.