Fish Disease Diagnosis
The Alabama Fish Farming Center offers fish health diagnostic services to west Alabama fish, shrimp, and crawfish farmers. The Disease Diagnostic program is offered jointly through the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, and Alabama Cooperative Extension.
Description: Fish health is an important factor to consider when commercially raising an aquatic species. There are a number of parasites and bacteria that can present challenges for commercial producers. The three most common bacterial diseases that affect the Alabama catfish industry include virulent Aeromonas hydrophila, Flavobacterium columnare (Columnaris), and Edwardsiella ictaluri (ESC). The Diagnostics Laboratory at the Alabama Fish Farming Center offers diagnostic services to support the commercial fish farming industry in Alabama. In addition to a fully equipped disease diagnostic laboratory, the Alabama Fish Farming Center has a mobile disease laboratory that can travel to farms to provide on-farm diagnostic services. The Fish Diagnostic Laboratory works closely with Auburn faculty to support disease-related research being conducted on commercial farms in west Alabama.