Improving Biosecurity: A Science-Based Approach to Manage Fish Disease Risks and Increase Socioeconomic Contribution

Nigeria is now one of Africa’s largest aquaculture producers with catfish (Clarias spp. and Heterobranchus spp.) and tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) being the dominant farmed fish. 

A group of small-scale fish farmers, mostly men, show of their catfish farmed in monoculture ponds. Photo by Bradley, WorldFish.

Fish demand and aquaculture will grow substantially in the coming years, yet sustainable aquaculture growth requires that various constraints to the sector are addressed, including aquatic animal disease and indiscriminate chemicals/drugs use, and associated food safety and antimicrobial resistance concerns. The goal of the project is therefore to improve aquatic animal biosecurity and health management in the Nigerian aquaculture sector, using a science-based approach with cutting-edge scientific and digital tools.

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This exerpt first appeared at Fish Innovation Lab and it is republished here with the author’s consent.