Aquaculture Health and Hygiene Group

The Aquaculture Health and Hygiene Group at Weymouth is part of the centre for environment, fisheries and aquaculture science. The AHH group is internationally recognised for its work in fish disease and aspects of shellfish hygiene. The work of the laboratory is multidisciplinary in nature and combines virology, microbiology, molecular biology, pathology and parasitology, histology and epidemiology in the study of diseases.It is extremely well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for research.

Current research projects relevant to this proposal include diagnostic microarray development and validation, and participation in EU FP6 projects EUROCARP (ongoing) concerning the identification of suitable source strains for disease and stress resistance for common carp and AVINSI concerning anti-viral innate immunity in culture aquatic species, focussing on oyster herpes.

Furthermore the Laboratory has a key statutory role under UK legislation and EU Directives in the prevention and control of disease combining the control of import and export of live fish and an Inspectorate function supported by laboratory based diagnostic services. The Laboratory is the National Laboratory for fish and shellfish diseases and is the OIE (Office International des Epizooties) reference laboratory for Spring Viraemia Carp Virus (SVCV) and Koi Herpes Virus (KHV).


Aquaculture, Health and Hygiene Group,

Weymouth Laboratory,

Barrack Road, The Nothe,

Weymouth, UK DT4 8UB,

Tel.: 44 1305 206600,

Fax: 44 1305 206601

Contact : Edmund Peeler