The BFAR Fish Health Management and Quality Assurance Laboratory (FHMQAS)
The Fish Health Section started out as a joint project of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The section is currently involved in a lot of activities related to fish health management, quarantine, health management training and diagnostic activities.
Mission and Responsibilities
To provide laboratory and diagnostic services to the various aquaculture industries as well as provide basic training on fish health for the public and private sector.
Mandates of the Fish Health Section
The Fish Health Section of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is mainly responsible on matters relating to aquatic animal health in the Philippines. The section is mandated to do the following:
- Assist in the implementation of national diagnostic and quarantine system for the movement of living aquatic animals;
- Formulate guidelines to strengthen the national program on aquatic animal health certification and quarantine procedures;
- Recommend to the Fisheries Regulatory and Quarantine Division (FRQD) policies and procedures in coordination with the concerned divisions, regulations on aquatic animal health certifications and quarantine procedures;
- Render emergency diagnostic and technical assistance on fish disease diagnoses and recommend prevention control and treatment measures;
- Monitor / assess health status of stocks in selected fish and other aquatic resource farms in the Philippines;
- Provide standards and set directions to different regional fish health satellite laboratories;
- Serve as repository of information on fish disease;
- Establish centralized quarantine facilities for imported live aquatic animals;
- Develop expertise in the field of fish disease diagnosis specifically on parasitology, bacteriology, histopathology and immunology in support to diagnostic undertakings;
- Conduct national specialized training programs such as fish health management for government fishery biologists, extension workers, fish farmers and other interested individuals;
- Develop linkages with international and national organizations working on fish health for information exchange and human resource development purposes;
- Represent the Philippine government in international meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops on matters pertaining to fish health and live fish quarantine, as directed by management.