The FAO inter-regional TCP project TCP/INT/3501 “Strengthening biosecurity governance and capacities for dealing with the serious shrimp infectious myonecrosis virus (IMNV) disease” has the overall goal of strengthening institutional biosecurity governance for dealing with IMNV of whiteleg shrimp in selected countries (Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand). IMNV is an OIE-listed disease that was first observed in Brasil; Indonesia and very recently India are the other two countries currently positive for IMNV. The final workshop of this TCP being held from 2-5 November 2017, in Qingdao, China in collaboration with the National Fisheries Technology Extension Center (NFTEC) and the Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute (YSFRI) is aimed to: (i) present the outcomes of the Emergency Preparedness and Response System (EPRS) Audit, FAO self-assessment survey, and IMNV disease strategy manual; (ii) discuss the results of the IMNV surveillance and analysis of data; (iii) discuss through working group re: IMNV management and IMNV disease outbreak investigation; (iv) do laboratory work on IMNV diagnostics (IMNV PCR, histopathology); and (v) discuss the way forward. The Opening session was graced by Ms Qingli, Director of Disease Prevention and Control Department of NFTEC; Mr Feng Zhang, Deputy Director of NFTEC and Mr Xianshi Jin, Director of Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute. Some 28 participants (Brasil: 2, Ecuador: 2; Indonesia: 2; Mexico: 1; Thailand: 2; China: 18; and FAO resource experts from Australia, Chile, USA and 1 translator) are in attendance. Mr Feng Zhang in his opening remarks hoped that “with the platform of the this FAO inter-regional TCP project and the Belt and Road Initiative, we can deepen our exchange with foreign experts, share epidemic prevention and control technologies and management experiences, especially solutions to the sustainable development of shrimp culture industry, so as to work together to achieve green and healthy development of this industry”.

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