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).
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|
|Tilapia lake virus (TiLV)||Infection with Decapod iridescent virus 1 (DIV1).|
- The use of environmental DNA methods for detection of WOAH listed aquatic animal diseases
- Safe commodity assessments for WOAH listed aquatic animal diseases
- Surveillance for viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus infection
- Surveillance for infection with Bonamia Ostreae
- Independent evaluation of the WOAH Reference Laboratory for Infectious Salmon Anaemia, August 2012
Other useful links
- WOAH Collaborating Centre for Information on Aquatic Animal Diseases
- International database on aquatic animal diseases
- WOAH Designated Experts and Reference Laboratories for aquatic animal diseases
- European Association of Fish Pathologists (EAFP)
- Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society
- Fish Health Section of the Asian Fisheries Society
- International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM)
- International Society of Aquatic Animal Epidemiology (ISAAE)
- Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA): Aquaculture Health
Permanent Advisory Network for Diseases in Aquaculture (PANDA)
- EU DIPNET project
- Australian Aquatic Animal Disease Identification Field Guide