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Cataracts in farmed fish - A multidisciplinary initiative for scientific progress.

Objective

Cataracts (reversible or irreversible lens opacities) is a production disorder of several species of fish. The aim of this project is to disseminate knowledge on occurrence and causation of cataracts in farmed fish, and to initiate further research to prevent and control the disease.

To achieve this goal, we propose to create a multidisciplinary network of European scientists and aquaculture industrialists to overcome present restraints in research. The project will thus contribute to secure the health and well being of farmed fish, and improve the cost effectiveness of European aquaculture. The competitive advantage of European suppliers of materials or services to the international aquaculture market will be increased. Successful control of cataracts is considered even more important in order not to compromise consumer perception of the aquaculture industry as such, particular regarding its ethical standards of production and the quality of its products. These issues are of major importance for the industry's further competitiveness in the international food market. Bringing the aquaculture industry, fish pathologists and nutritionists together with multidisciplinary working ophthalmologists, a new and unique scientific collaboration for the benefit of future aquaculture production, fish welfare and fish health research will be created; in itself a most valuable goal.

These main objectives have been detailed as follows:

- The project will disseminate scientific knowledge and state-of-the art in cataract research, and discuss current and planned work conducted in this field.
- The project will facilitate exchange of study specimen and transfer of research methodology between laboratories.
- The project will initiate epidemiological studies and thus provide new scientific data on the occurrence and economy of the disease.
- New research on the physiology of the fish eye and the pathogenesis of lens cataracts will be stimulated.
- Financial support for explanatory studies on the cataract problem will be sought.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

National Centre for Veterinary Contract Research and Commercial Services A/S
Address
Ullevalsveien 68
0032 Oslo
Norway

Participants (16)

DB Aquatic Pathology Services
United Kingdom
Address
Chaser's Folly, 3B, Roundhayes Close
DT4 ORN Weymouth - Dorset
Felleskjopet Havbruk AS
Norway
Address

4335 Dirdal
Fish Veterinary Group
United Kingdom
Address
39 Carsegate Road
IV3 8EX Inverness
Hydro Aluminium AS
Ireland
Address
264,Kindrum, Cashel
1321 Letterkenny
Hydro Seafood Mowi A.S.
Norway
Address
Sandviksboder 66
5835 Bergen
INSTITUTE OF NUTRITION, DIRECTORATE OF FISHERIES
Norway
Address
Strandgaten 229
Bergen
Meloy Aqualab AS
Norway
Address

8150 Ornes
NORWEGIAN SCHOOL OF VETERINARY SCIENCE
Norway
Address
Ullevaalsveien 72
Oslo
National Agricultural Research Foundation
Greece
Address
Neapoleos Str. 25
15310 Athens
National Veterinary and Food Research Institute
Finland
Address
Hameentie 57
00231 Helsinki
Reinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn
Germany
Address
Sigmund-freud-strasse 25
53105 Bonn
State Fish Epizootics Control Service of Lower Saxony and Fish Health Service
Germany
Address
Eintrachtweg 17
30173 Hannover
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
Address
Stoney Road , Stormont
BT4 3SD Belfast
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
Norway
Address
Sognsvannsveien 9 Domus Medica
0316 Oslo
University of East Anglia
United Kingdom
Address
University Plain
NR4 7TJ Norwich
University of Stirling
United Kingdom
Address
University Of Stirling
FK9 4LA Stirling