The rapid growth which has occurred in aquatic animal production and trade during the past few decades has been transformational to the world’s food supply. Moreover, aquatic animal products provide a growing proportion of the protein destined for human consumption, and international trade therein is now worth more than that in terrestrial animal products. This increase in production is mainly attributable to rapid growth in aquaculture, with production in capture fisheries by contrast remaining stable or declining in recent years. Therefore, given the growing importance of aquaculture, any future disruption to aquatic animal production will result in consequences of increased significance for food security, human nutrition and economies. 

Aquatic animal diseases are a significant threat to aquatic animal production with frequent panzootics occurring in recent decades. The consequences of these outbreaks have been severe on livelihoods, the poor, contributions to human nutrition, opportunities to develop industries, biodiversity, animal welfare and wild aquatic animal resources. As aquaculture and trade in aquatic animals continue to grow, new pathogens will emerge that will add to current disease challenges. If food security is to be protected, success rates in preventing the spread of aquatic animal diseases and mitigating their impacts worldwide must be improved. 


Vol. 38 (2), August 2019, Trilingual 
ISBN 978-92-95108-82-0 
29.7 x 21 cm, approx. 300 pp. 
Ref.: R 38(2), Price: 115 €