An agreement between the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of Liverpool supported the convening of a Technical Working Group (TWG) for technical support for the development of a framework for understanding the burden of diseases of farmed aquatic organisms.
The group met virtually on three occasions during April and May 2021 to learn about and give feedback on the development of a framework for understanding the burden of diseases of farmed aquatic organisms. The TWG members represent High-, and Low- and Middle-income countries, with representatives from the public and private sectors, research institutes and academia. Importantly, several members are involved in the Progressive Management Pathway for Aquaculture Biosecurity (of which burden of diseases is a pillar). The TWG meetings successfully elicited expert opinion about the key issues that need to be considered when developing a framework for understanding the burden of diseases in farmed aquatic organisms. This expert opinion guided the production of a technical report and a 12-step checklist to support application of the GBADs framework.
The GBADs case study approach
Scoping activities for future GBADs case studies in aquatic production systems started in June 2021. Activities in Vietnam, Ghana and Chile have comprised data ecosystem mapping and an exploration of the political landscape of aquaculture production. These activities aim at developing a pipeline of opportunities for piloting the use of the GBADs framework in aquaculture in 2022 and beyond. The GBADs team will continue to work in collaboration with FAO and OIE to identify leading government agencies in these countries, and potential resource partners, for implementation of multi-year case studies in the future.
Final report – Technical support for the development of a framework for understanding the burden of diseases of farmed aquatic organisms
12-step checklist for a GBADs case study