Aquatic Animal Health

Protecting farmed and wild fish stocks from diseases caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites is the key objective of aquatic animal health at Auburn University. Because catfish production dominates Alabama’s aquaculture industry, our scientists have a variety of research initiatives focused on detecting and diagnosing bacterial catfish pathogens and identifying catfish genes associated with disease. These researchers also:

  • Investigate risk factors that lead to disease development and transmission in fish culture.
  • Evaluate culture management practices to reduce the impact of diseases.
  • Test and develop therapeutic agents, vaccines and diagnostic protocols.
  • Develop post-harvest treatments to destroy Vibrio vulnificus bacteria in raw oysters.