Our Mission


The main objective of the network is to assist Member Countries to develop their aquaculture sector, through the prevention, early detection and control of aquatic animal diseases.

More specifically, AQMENET will aim at:

Improving scientific and technological capacities in epidemiology and diagnostic of aquatic diseases in the region by:

  • Promotion of research in aquatic species diseases’ epidemiology and pathology.
  • Training staff in Member Countries on disease prevention, early detection and control of aquatic animal diseases, including surveillance and diagnostics of specific diseases.
  • Information, preparedness and management of health crises related to wild fisheries and aquaculture.
  • Address monitoring and surveillance of AMR/AMU in aquaculture

Contributing to the WOAH procedures for the development of guidelines and harmonisation of standards for validation of specific diagnostic methods of major diseases.

  • Design and dissemination of specific biosecurity elements in the laboratories for aquaculture of the region.
  • Production and distribution of diagnostic reagents.
  • Harmonization of laboratory methods used in Member Countries.
  • Development and validation of curative products.
  • Development and quality control of specific vaccines.
  • Engage in responsible and prudent AMU and build capacity to control AMR,

Coordinating the support of international organizations (FAO/WOAH/WHO) to the national authorities of the Member Countries (including the Aquatic Animal Health Services) on surveillance, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases, including emerging diseases.

Facilitating collaboration between the national, regional and international institutions and FAO/WOAH Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centres for capacity building and exchange of expertise and cooperation.

Promoting specific studies on aquaculture practices, socioeconomics, and risk factors at the marine species-human-environment interface.

Disseminating knowledge on the prevention, early detection and control of aquatic animal diseases and aquaculture production best practices to Member Countries and the international scientific community.

Developing communication resources, updating publications, delivering training, connecting experts, and supporting existing programs