6. Activities

Outcomes   Activities
Objective 1 –  Governance: To harmonisze, develop and promote enforcement of coherent national aquatic biosecurity policies, regulations, procedures and practices.
1.1 Regulatory framework on aquatic biosecurity is reviewed and updated at National level.
  • Review existing legislation, regulations, policies and laws on aquatic biosecurity in compliance with international and regional agreements and best practices (e.g. risk analysis, health certification).
  • Review import and export requirements, procedures and regulations for aquatic organisms.
  • Develop and/or update national aquatic animal health strategies.
1.2 Enforcement strategies are defined and implemented.
  • Adopt national strategies and use them in national policy and planning exercises.
  • Establish functional linkages between relevant government agencies.
  • Identify Competent Authority on aquatic animal health, when necessary.
Objective 2 – Practices: To improve aquatic biosecurity practices and infrastructure at National level
2.1 National databases on aquatic animal health are improved and/or developed, including the broaden of terrestrial animal health databases to include aquatic diseases.
  •  Review existing National databases on animal health reporting.
  • Enlarge existing National databases to consider aquatic diseases.
  • Establish a regional aquatic animal health information system, including: regional cultured species database, pathogen database, regional legislation database and regional expert database
2.2 National and regional capacities on health certification for live aquatic organisms are built.
  •  Assess regional and national needs/expectations on certification schemes and quarantine for live aquatic animals.
  • Conduct trainings at regional and national levels on health certification
2.3 National and regional capacities on relevant disease diagnosis, surveillance and reporting are built.
  •  Develop regional and national “notifiable” pathogen/pests lists.
  • Assess national capacities and needs on aquatic animal health diagnostics.
  • Short-term training courses on Level 2 and 3 diagnostics techniques.
  • Regional training course on Level 1 disease diagnosis.
  • Regional training on sampling and packaging procedures for disease testing
  • Official designation of a regional/subregional laboratory for aquatic animal health.
  • Improve existing national aquatic animal health laboratories in PICTs.
  • Improve national capacity to comply with OIE World Aquatic Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) reporting (national and regional reporting and feedback system).
  • Design and implement a regional surveillance system for regional priority diseases.
  • Design and implement general and targeted surveillance systems at national levels.
2.4 National and regional emergency response plans for key aquatic species and key diseases are developed.
  •  Develop emergency response plans for key farmed aquatic species and notifiable diseases
2.5  National and regional capacities on risk analysis applied to the aquaculture sector are built.
  •  Review regional and national risk analysis capacity (survey).
  • Organize regional/sub-regional/national trainings on risk analysis applied to aquaculture.
Objective 3 – Transfers of aquatic species: To assure responsible use and control of aquatic species translocation  and introductions in the context of aquaculture activities, through the development and implementation of standardised Import Risk Analysis procedures.
3.1 National and Regional capacities on Import Risk Analysis applied are built.
  •  Organize regional/sub-regional/national trainings on import risk analysis.
3.2 Guidelines for the preparation of Import Risk Analysis for the movement of live aquatic organisms are developed.
  • Develop Regional Guidelines on Import Risk Analysis for aquatic species introductions
3.3 National and regional capacities on quarantine for live aquatic organisms are built
  •  Conduct training at regional and national levels on quarantine protocols for aquatic animals.
3.4 National infrastructures and operations for quarantine of live aquatic organisms are improved and developed.
  • Develop minimum recommended quarantine procedures, standards  and operations for national/regional compliance.
3.5 National and regional capacities on border control are built.
  •  Conduct trainings at regional and national levels on border control procedures for live aquatic animals (import/export).
Objective 4 – Training and cooperation: A coherent regional approach to capacity building and collaboration in aquatic animal health and biosecurity with particular reference to diagnosis, surveillance, reporting, certification quarantine, border control and the prioritising of research and development activities.
4.1  Regional major research and education areas on aquatic biosecurity are identified and developed.
  •  Assess main research and education areas on aquatic biosecurity at regional and national level.
  • Conduct aquatic animal health baseline surveys at National level.
  • Formulate proposals on main research and education needs.
  • Implement those proposals.
4.2  Major capacity building needs are identified and developed.
  • Assess main capacity needs on aquatic biosecurity at regional and national level.
  • Formulate specific proposals on main capacity needs.
  • Implement those proposals.
4.3  Regional cooperation on aquatic biosecurity is promoted.
  •  Establish linkages and cooperation between regional and international competent authorities and aquatic animal health laboratories.


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