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Please tell us what you’d like to know about U.S. Aquaculture health issues!

Please tell us what you’d like to know about

U.S. Aquaculture health issues!


The USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will study the aquaculture industry in 2020. To help NAHMS craft the most informative study possible and obtain data that will be most beneficial to you and others in the aquaculture industry, PLEASE click the link below and answer a short survey, which should take 10 minutes or less to complete.


The survey asks what you consider to be the most important health issues facing the U.S. aquaculture industry.  It also asks you to help identify the information that is needed regarding health-management practices used in the U.S. aquaculture industry sectors.


The survey will be available through May 2017.  If you have already completed it, thank you for your input!


Thank you very much!



Background Information on USDA NAHMS and its Studies


The USDA initiated NAHMS in 1983 to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on animal health, management, and productivity across the United States. The NAHMS team conducts national studies on the health and health management of U.S. domestic livestock, poultry, and aquaculture populations. These studies are designed to meet the information needs of the industries associated with these commodities, as identified by people within those industries.


The aquaculture study will initiate data collection in 2020. This will be the 4thNAHMS study of the aquaculture industry but will be the first time NAHMS will study other sectors (including fish, crustaceans, and mollusks) in addition to catfish.  The study will be conducted with assistance from the National Agricultural Statistics Service and is expected to be a census of aquaculture operations in the United States.  The data from the study will be reported only in summary form; individual responses will be confidential.  Results from the preliminary survey linked above will help determine the priorities and objectives for the aquaculture study.


Additional information about NAHMS, including reports from prior aquaculture studies (catfish), is available at



Kathleen H. Hartman, MS, DVM, PhD
Aquaculture Program Leader
USDA APHIS, Veterinary Services
1408 24th Street, SE
UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (
Ruskin, FL 33570 USA

O: 813-671-5230 x119/F: 813-671-5234/C: 813-477-7019


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