Marine Institute

Fish Health Unit of the Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is the Irish national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). The Fish Health Unit of the Marine Institute is the national reference laboratory (NRL) for fish and shellfish diseases in Ireland. The unit is tasked with carrying out all statutory monitoring for fish and shellfish diseases listed in 2006/88/EC as well as providing diagnostic support for producers and veterinarians.
Within the unit there are the facilities and expertise required to carry out all aspects of disease diagnosis including virology, microbiology, parasitology, molecular biology and histology. The unit also provides policy advice to government bodies in relation to fish health and the movement of fish and shellfish stocks. The laboratory operates a quality system under ISO 17025 and has done since 2001.

The FHU holds accreditation for a number of test methods including the screening of Ostrea edulis for the presence of Bonamia ostreae and Marteilia refringens. In addition, the Marine Institute is currently seeking accreditation for a number of conventional and real-time PCR methods. The Marine Institute has participated in a number of FP6 projects. In addition, the Fish Health Unit of the Marine Institute has been involved in a number of projects at a national and international level related to disease in both fish and shellfish. The projects have focused on diseases of concern for the Irish industry.

Marine Institute,

Oranmore, Rinville,

Co. Galway,

Ireland.

Tel. : +353 91 387 200

Fax: +353 91 387 236

Contact : Deborah Cheslett

deborah.cheslett@marine.ie