Programme Leader :
1. Professor Dato Dr. Shariff Mohd. Din - (Fish Pathology)
Name of Co-Researcher
2. Professor Dr Mohd Zamri Saad - (Pathology)
3. Assoc. Professor Dr. Hassan Mohd Daud - (Aquatic Animal Medicine/Fish Virology)
4. Professor Dr. Abdul Rahman Omar - (Veterinary Immunology)
5. Assoc. Professor Dr. Zunita Zakaria - ( Microbiology)
6. Assoc. Professor Dr. Mohd. Sabri Mohd. Yusoff - (Molecular Pathology)
Fish is a major component of the average Malaysian diet and the per capita consumption of fish in 2010 amounted to 49kg, which was three times the 2005 global average of 16.4kg. Hence, the aquaculture industry is one of the fastest agriculture based growing industry which has expanded 228% over 2001 - 2010, and currently provides 29% of total table fish supply.
Fish production in Malaysia is targeted to reach 790,000 tonnes by 2020, at which point it is expected to constitute 41% of national fish supply. However, the industry is plagued by disease problems which are manifested by the indiscriminate use of antibiotics, which led to rejection of several export consignments and severe financial losses to the farmers and the industry.
In 2010, EU imposed a ban on import of aquaculture commodities from Malaysia due to lack of proper quality control system which included lack of proper fish health management. Furthermore, due to the severe disease problems, the shrimp industry had to introduce a new species as a substitute to the indigenous Penaeus monodon that was not performing well. Thus fish/shrimp health management need a holistic approach for sustainable development of the industry with input from various experts. The fish health research areas will focus on the surveillance, molecular diagnosis and immunomodulation by the following team of experts.
Keywords: Fish Health, vaccines, diagnostics
Procured more than RM7 million for research projects
Banerjee, S., O. Mei-Chen, M. Shariff and H. Khatoon. Antibiotic resistant Salmonella and Vibrio associated with farmed Litopenaeus vannamei. The Scientific World Journal. Vol. 2012, Article ID 130136, 6 pages, 2012. oi:10.1100/2012/130136, 2012.
Khatoon, H., S. Banerjee, F.M. Yusoff, and M. Shariff. Use of microalgal-enriched Diaphanosoma celebensis Stingelin, 1900 for rearing Litopenaeus vannamei (Boone, 1931) postlarvae. Aquaculture Nutrition. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2095.2012.00952.x. 2012.
Kuttichantran, S., Mohamed Shariff, Abdul Rahman Omar and Mohd Hair-Bejo. A review on Megalocytivirus infection in fish. Reviews in Aquaculture. 4:221-233, 2012.
Syuhaidah, A., Noraini, O., Sabri, M.Y., Emikpe, B.O., Tanko, P.N., Latifah, H, Jamil, S. Clinicopathological features and immunolocalisation of antigens in acute experimental Streptococcus agalactiae infection in Red Tilapia (Oreochromis spp.). SpringerPlus (In Press). 2012.
M. Firdaus-Nawi, M.Y. Sabri, Y. Hanan, L, A. Siti-Zahrah, M. Zamri-Saad. Efficacy of feed-based adjuvant vaccine against Streptococcus agalactiae in Oreochromis spp. in Malaysia. Aquaculture Research. 1-10. 2012.
Kemaskini:: 29/05/2017 [mjamil]