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PhD student Eliot Hanrio  examines a mollusc parasite culture using an inverted microscope at the new state-of-the-art laboratories at Watermans.

Thursday 15 November 2018

Big boost for WA fish health capability

A suite of new laboratories, examination and sampling rooms at Watermans Bay in Perth are now fully functional and providing vital support for Western Australia’s $12.5 million aquaculture industry.

The new $1 million state-of-the-art facilities, housed at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre Watermans Bay, will provide cutting-edge fish health and research services to the fast-growing industry.

Managed by our aquatic animal health scientists, the facilities will bring together government, university partners and industry to carry out new aquaculture research and development, as well as investigating and responding to issues that may affect biosecurity and health in aquatic animal farm operations and marine environments.

The comprehensive facilities include high-tech DNA and cutting-edge cell culture laboratories, which will help to identify emerging pathogens and understand their distribution and dynamics as well as their potential to cause disease.

High-throughput sample processing robots will also help speed up large-scale pathogen molecular studies, and new equipment will enable rapid assessment of fish and shellfish immunity by examining individual cells from samples.

The enhanced health research capacity provided by the Watermans Bay facilities, complements existing disease diagnostic and aquaculture services provided to industry by government.

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