The Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission (the Aquatic Animals Commission), created in 1960, is responsible for overseeing developments of the Aquatic Animal Health Code (the Aquatic Code) and Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals (the Aquatic Manual) and ensuring that they reflect current scientific information.
The Aquatic Animals Commission comprises six members, who are elected by the World Assembly of Delegates for a three-year term. The members are internationally recognised specialists with a broad understanding of the major diseases of aquatic animals addressed by the Aquatic Code and with expertise in surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases or methods, welfare of farmed fish, and experience in international trade in aquatic animals and aquatic animal products.
The Aquatic Animals Commission collaborates closely with the Code Commission and Biological Standards Commission for scientific expertise as well as to ensure harmonised approaches, as appropriate.
The Internal rules, Terms of reference of the Aquatic Animals Commission and Qualifications of its members can be found in the Basic Texts (pp. 6-7):
To learn more about the importance of aquatic animals and the WOAH Aquatic Animal Health Strategy 2021-2025:
Aquatic animal health and welfare
Aquatic animals play a key role in achieving a more prosperous and secure world, contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Aquatic Animals Health Strategy
From 2021-2025, this Strategy will improve aquatic animal health and welfare worldwide, contributing to sustainable economic growth, poverty alleviation and food security, thereby supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Ingo Ernst
President, Aquatic Animals Commission; Director Aquatic Pest and Health Policy
Dra. Alicia Gallardo Lagno
Vice-President, Aquatic Animals Commission; Senior Adviser FARMAVET
Dr. Fiona Geoghegan
Vice-President, Aquatic Animals Commission; Legislative Officer
Dr Espen Rimstad
Professor in virology
Dr. Hong Liu
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Dr. Kevin William Christison
NB: The reports are in the form of large .pdf files that take some time to download. Please be patient.
Technical disease cards
Diseases of Fish
Diseases of crustaceans
- Surveillance for viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus infection
- Surveillance for infection with Bonamia Ostreae