Aquaculture health training trip to Western Australia
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 10:47
by Rarahu David

 In 2008, following a series of exchanges with Western Australia’s Department of Fisheries Animal Health Laboratory (FHL), the Biotechnical and Pearl Quality Laboratory (LBQP) of the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (IFREMER), and the Pearl Oyster Department (PRL), Dr Brian Jones and his colleague, Dr Fran Stephens, visited the PRL-IFREMER-SPE (French Polynesia’s Fisheries Department) research station in Vairao, Tahiti. This visit allowed useful exchanges about diseases at pearl oyster farms but also about shrimp and fish diseases. FHL is, in fact, in charge of diagnosing aquatic animal diseases (except for mammals) in the state of Western Australia, and Dr Jones, the lab’s head pathologist, is an internationally known aquatic disease researcher.
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