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News Blog

News and comments from members of the Aquaculture Systems Theme and Associates at the Institute of Aquaculture


IMAQulate shrimp farmer health surveys completed in Andhra Pradesh, India

Robyn Shilland

As part of the IMAQulate project, surveys of shrimp farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India, have been carried out to understand the health practices employed on their farms and what influences these decisions. IMAQulate project postdoc Mahmoud El Thoth has been in Andhra Pradesh since September conducting these surveys, assisted by a team of student enumerators from Pithapur Rajah's College, Kakinada. Together they have conducted around 200 surveys of farmers across the state. 

The findings from these surveys will contribute to the understanding of the products used by shrimp farmers and how they make these decisions. There is a particular interest in the use of probiotics; as an unregulated industry, increasingly expanding as antibiotics become more stringently regulated, a large number of products are readily available to farmers with little evidence of efficacy. The IMAQulate project aims to investigate the efficacy of various probiotics in order to better inform farm health practices. 


John Bostock at Aquaculture Singapore 2017

John Bostock

John Bostock participated in Aquaculture Singapore 2017from 3-7th October, providing a workshop on Case Studies in Intensification and Disease Management in Pond, Cage and Recirculated Aquaculture Systems, and a seminar presentation on "Know why, know when and know how for aquaculture intensification".

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New IMAQulate Probiotics Project website launched

Will Leschen

We are delighted to launch the IMAQulate website today! 

With information on the project team, workplan and resources, it will be updated regularly with news of our activities! The BBSRC   funded IMAQulate Project is   working in India Bangladesh and   Kenya to look into the use of Prophylactic Health Products (PHP's)  in the shrimp and finfish aquaculture sectors in each country.

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