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Aquatic Animal Health in Africa
Aquaculture Africa Magazine (AAM) will be hosting a panel discussion with leading experts in Aquatic Animal Health matters. Host (Etienne Hinrichsen) will be joined by Dr Kevin Christison that represents Africa in a range of OIE matters, Dr Melba Reantaso from the FAO and Dr Nelly Isyagi (Director-at-Large for Africa and the Middle East in the World Aquatic Veterinary Association).

May 28, 2020 04:00 PM in Johannesburg

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Dr Melba Reantaso
@Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Dr Melba Reantaso started work on aquatic animal health in 1982 with the Philippine government (1982 - 2000), later joining the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) (2000-2002) and the US government (2002-2004). She has been an aquatic animal health expert with the FAO since 2004. Her experience in Africa includes work around the outbreak of EUS and management of Tilapia Lake Virus. Her core interests lie with bio-security governance (policy and farm level), risk analysis, surveillance and emergency preparedness.
Dr Nelly Isyagi
@Independent Consultant
Dr Nelly Isyagi has over 20 years of experience in aquatic animal health and previously served as the aquatic animal health focal point for the AU-IBAR (2015 to 2018). She is currently an independent specialist in the sector and serves as the Director-at-Large for Africa and the Middle East in the World Aquatic Veterinary Association, as well as being the East-African Regional Representative for the African Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS).
Dr Kevin Christison
@Directorate: Aquaculture Research and Development, Department of Forestry, Fisheries end Environment (DFFE),
Dr Kevin Christison is a specialist scientist in aquatic animal health and currently serves as a member of the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission, and the OIE ad hoc Group on susceptibility of mollusc species to infection. He is part of the AU-IBAR Animal Health Expert group to support AU member states to submit a common position on draft chapters of the OIE Aquatic Animal Health Code. Much of his core work revolves around research in aquatic animal health as it impacts the aquaculture industry.