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Giant tiger shrimp affected with EMS. (Photo: VASEP)

GAA foundation offers online training on EMS

  (WORLDWIDE, 2/16/2016)

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF), the charitable arm of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), has developed four online educational modules to help the global shrimp-farming industry better manage early mortality syndrome (EMS).

The modules are now available to the public.

Organized within a course called "Managing Early Mortality Syndrome in Shrimp," the modules, or lessons, cover the critical aspects of farm and hatchery management, including biosecurity, feeding and proper pond management, and recommend strategies to reduce organic loading, employ EMS-resistant broodstock and co-stock shrimp with tilapia.

RAF explains that it is providing the online course to help alleviate the impacts of EMS, which has cost the global shrimp industry more than USD 1 billion per year for the past several years.

The development of the online educational modules started in 2012, when GAA and RAF spearheaded a case study on EMS that acted as a foundation for recommendations to the aquaculture community for better shrimp-farming practices.

RAF President George Chamberlain highlighted, “Building on its international studies and expert committees, RAF is developing a series of courses that provide clear authoritative information and best practices.”

The modules will address the following topics:

  • The EMS Pathogen
  • Diagnosing EMS
  • Hatchery Management of EMS
  • Farm Management EMS

Other educational materials are currently being developed by RAF to help the industry better manage animal diseases like EMS.

Eventually, RAF aspires to develop educational materials that address the full range of aquaculture topics with embedded learning checks and certificates for completion.

Courses can be accessed via PC, tablet or smart phone, or by visiting RAF's web page.
 

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