The centre will focus on aquatic animal health, food safety and protection of the aquatic environment – “in support of international food security and sustainable ‘blue’ growth.”
Key issues to be addressed include:
- Providing scientific support to reduce the $6 billion annual losses due to disease in aquaculture;
- Providing evidence and tools to ensure that fish, shellfish, crustaceans and seaweeds produced in the global industry are safe to eat;
- Understanding how cutting-edge molecular diagnostics, pathology, animal breeding, and nutrition can be applied to assist seafood farmers, particularly in “more vulnerable societies;” and
- Ensuring that aquaculture is developed sustainably, for the benefit of communities, economies and the environment.