Research: Disease outbreaks threaten fish farming industry

03/14/2013 | SciDev.net

Rampant fish and shellfish diseases could present challenges for the fish farming industry in developing tropical areas, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Aquaculture is the world's fastest growing food industry and presents a viable alternative for food sources in areas where climate change and declining wild fish populations have adversely affected food production. However, the warmer temperatures and excessive use of antibiotics may have led to higher instances of disease. Scientists are calling for improved disease monitoring and training to foresee potential outbreaks.

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