Environmental Fish and Marine Mammal’s Diseases: Diagnosis and management

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On Sunday 3 May 2015, a range of half- and full-day short courses are scheduled prior to the opening of the SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

Full day Course: Environmental Fish and Marine Mammal’s Diseases: Diagnosis and management 

Environmental diseases in aquaculture play a crucial role in the industry, so that it is imperative to acquaint different aspects of environmental factors. Acquiring the knowledge (i.e. what are these factors, how we can evaluate and measure it in the field, how we can manage these factors and overcome its sequelae) will enhance and maximize the net profit of the fish crop. The main outlines of this course are introducing major environmental diseases in fish and shrimp farms, diagnosis and management of these diseases. Moreover, emphasis on the use of different species of fishes as indicators for pollutants will be addressed.

Another important recent notion is to use transgenic zebra fish as an indicator for water pollution. Engineered fish expressed fluorescent proteins under the control of different inducible gene promotors. Stress responsive promotors were used to detect environmental heavy metals/toxins. Also, zebra fish embryo was used to assess water quality in lakes as biomarker for stress protein response and toxicity. CytochromeP450 1 A (CYP1A) as a potential biomarker for water pollutants has received attention recently in fish.

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  • To understand the major water quality parameters, where fishes and shrimp lives.
  • To emphasize on major environmental diseases in aquaculture.
  • To acquire different methods of diagnosis of these diseases.
  • To manage these diseases in the ponds, aquaria, and tanks
  • To address some common encountered environmental diseases in marine mammals. 
Contact Person: (roel.evens@setac.org)


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Venue: Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB)
Barcelona, Spain

Centre Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (Entrance B) 
Plaça de Willy Brandt 11-14, Barcelona


  • SETAC member: 245 €
  • SETAC student member: 110 €
  • Non-member: 375 €
  • Student non-member: 165 €

The registration fee includes attendance to the course, course materials, coffee break(s) and lunch.


Registration is open to all. Participants should bring their own laptop in order to follow this course.

Application Procedure:
  • You can register for one of the short courses + the meeting. 
  • You can register for a short course only. 
  • You are already registered for the meeting and you would like to add a short course to your registration? No problem, simply go to the SETAC Europe store and register for the course of your choice.

You are strongly encouraged to register early in order to avoid disappointment. More information is available here.

Grant Opportunities:

A limited number of grants are available for SETAC student members who wish to attend a short course in Barcelona. These are the main conditions to apply for a SETAC course grant:

  • must be a SETAC student member (provide member number)
  • must submit a brief CV and motivation letter
  • must submit a letter of recommendation

If you are interested, please complete the grant application form and return it to SETAC in Brussels. First-come, first-served.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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