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On behalf of the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society (FHS) (http://www.afs-fhs.org/ ) as past president and local organizing chair I welcome you to the 8th  International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health  (ISAAH 2018).  This symposium will also be co-hosted by the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance (http://www.peibioalliance.com/ ) and the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island (http://www.upei.ca/avc/), and will take place during the first week of September 2018 in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

This International Symposium is held on a four year cycle, with the last meeting taking place in 2014 in Portland Oregon USA.  The Symposium is broad in scientific scope, geographic range, and impact to the Aquatic Animal Health Community worldwide.  Previous meetings have drawn Aquatic Animal Health Professionals from across the globe, with attendance historically being between 300 and 400 participants.  The inaugural ISAAH took place in 1988 on the west coast of North America in Vancouver, Canada.  Subsequent meetings have all taken place in the US.  Fortunately for PEI, the 8th ISAAH and 30th Anniversary Meeting will be held in Charlottetown on the east coast of Canada, coming full circle so-to-speak. The 2018 meeting theme will be “Integrating Biotechnology in the Advancement of Aquatic Animal Health “.

The three co-hosting organizations (FHS, AVC and BioAlliance) have identified and reserved for the period of September 2-6th 2018, the conference venue, with accommodations and catering, which meets all the needs of this prestigious international meeting.  The hosting hotel for the 2018 ISAAH will be the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, and the adjoining new PEI Convention Center.  For more information about the conference please sign-up for notification on the home page of the website.

Our local conference partners include many leading Aquatic Animal Health Companies in Canada as well as local aquaculture and government organizations;

American Fisheries Society – Fish Health Section
Atlantic Veterinary College – University of Prince Edward Island
PEI BioAlliance
Elanco Aqua
AquaBounty Technologies
The Center for Aquaculture Technologies
Northern Harvest Sea Farms
Mi’kmaq Confederacy
Halibut PEI
PEI Aquaculture Alliance
Innovation PEI
PEI Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

These partners along with the AVC represent one of the largest “clusters” of Aquatic Animal Health expertise in the world.  In this regard, we anticipate that the ISAAH 2018 will provide our PEI partners with opportunities to expand their businesses as well as provide aquatic health  scientists, veterinarians and students exposure to our world class Aquatic Animal Health cluster, helping to reinforce Prince Edward Island’s leadership in this arena.