The ParaFishControl consortium gathers 29 partners comprising public and private partners with crosscutting complementary skills from 13 European countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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CONTACT PERSON:  Mr. Alastair Cook

As an Executive Agency of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) is a multidisciplinary scientific research and consultancy centre specialising in fisheries science, management and marine monitoring and assessment and aquatic animal health. The organisation provides its services to a large number of UK and international public and private sector clients, including Defra, the Environment Agency, and the European Commission. The CEFAS Weymouth Laboratory (Aquatic Health and Hygiene Division) deals with aquatic animal disease, including statutory responsibilities as well as a wide portfolio of research and commercial contracts. The CEFAS teams hold expertise to carry out scientific research in:

  • Epidemiology and risk analysis including scenario tree mapping.
  • In vitro and in vivo culture of pathogens and challenge with fish parasites. Taxonomy, genomics and expression analysis, diagnostics including histopathology and molecular confirmation.
  • Fungal, oomycete, amoeboid and myxozoan parasites amongst others. Developmental biology, systematics, evolution and epidemiology.
  • Aquatic product efficacy and safety testing.

Role in the project:

CEFAS is the leader of WP6 (Risk Analysis) and also has participation in several of the other WPs (1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8). CEFAS will contribute to work on Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, Paramoeba perurans, Ichthyophthirius and Saprolegnia parasitica, in particular developing improved diagnostics, optimised culture and challenge systems and developing and testing novel therapeutants for amoebic gill disease (AGD) and PKD.

Key persons involved:

  Mr. Alastair Cook (M). Leader of WP6. He has worked on freshwater ecology, shellfish hygiene, and epidemiological studies of fish diseases for the past 10 years.  He has participated in numerous national and EU funded research projects within these subjects and has contributed to over 20 publications.
  Dr Irene Cano-Cejas (F) has extensive experience in the field of fish pathogens and immune system of cultured marine fish species, conducting numerous studies in collaboration with various national research teams and several European groups specialized in the study and characterization of fish diseases. She has published 29 scientific peer-reviewed papers on aspects of fish diseases, fish immunology and diagnosis, and she is co-author of 48 communications to relevant conferences and meetings.
  Mr Tom Hill (M) is an experienced parasitologist with long experience in undertaking field and tank studies into fish diseases.  He is the director of the National Reference laboratory for Anisakis.  For the ParaFishControl project he is investigating the application of ultrasonics for parasite control.

Dr. Richard Paley is an experienced researcher and diagnostician for fish diseases. Lab. Manager for UKAS and GLP accredited services; experienced molecular biologist and virologist; Cefas, Defra and Commercial contract manager. He is involved in all aspects of fish disease research and diagnostics from development and implementation of diagnostic methods in an accredited environment, to research on pathogenesis of and resistance to diseases and research on new and emerging microbial and parasitic diseases. Since 2006 he has represented the UK at the annual National Reference Laboratory meetings on fish diseases. He has participated in numerous national and EU funded projects.



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