The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture teamed up with Taichung City's Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office to jointly hold the "2020 National Interagency Conference on Disease Prevention in Aquatic Animals and Discussion of Disease Problems" at the Taichung Shinkansen Grand Hotel on September 16 and 17. This event was co-hosted by Du Wen-chen, head of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, and Lin Ru-liang, director of the Health Inspection Office, and the participants included Tsai Jing-chiang, chief of the Taichung Agriculture Bureau, Director Hung Bo-yi of the Fisheries Agency, Council of Agriculture, Chiu Chui-chang, head of the Animal Health Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, scholars from four universities in Taiwan, and roughly 100 personnel from domestic aquatic animal disease prevention agencies. The conference's keynote speaker, assistant researcher Hsu Shu-feng, spoke on the care and management of white shrimp, and her emphasis on practical experience ensured that the event was highly productive for all participants.
Apart from this talk, personnel from various aquatic animal disease prevention agencies had an opportunity to discuss the current state of aquatic animal disease prevention, disease prevention policy, and key tasks. The intensive discussion of disease prevention work and related issues at this event enabled the participants to share their experience, understand the difficulties faced by this work in various parts of Taiwan and the issues confronting the industry, and strengthened their knowledge of aquaculture management concepts and biosafety disease prevention measures. We can look forward to the participants working together to prevent disease outbreaks and keep major foreign diseases of aquatic animals from invading Taiwan, which will boost the economic value of the aquaculture industry as a whole and incomes of aquatic animal raisers. Let's work together to ensure the sustainable management of Taiwan's aquaculture industry and the health of its citizens.