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Vaccinating flatfish

As part of WP7, Targetfish aims to optimise vaccination strategies to field conditions. While immersion is presently the most commonly used delivery route for vaccinating small fish, injection often provides longer-lasting protection. To solve the immediate problem that, until present, manually handling small fish for injection vaccination is not cost effective, Targetfish has re-designed injection vaccination machinery for use on small flatfish like tarbot, while preserving animal welfare.

 

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Hitting the target

An article about TargetFish, written by Patrick Smith (P17), was published in Fish Farmer Magazine (volume 38, number 8, august 2015). 

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Annual meeting of the European Project TargetFish

PhD Ana de las Heras, the person in charge of the Targetfish project within Bionaturis Group (P30), attended the annual meeting of this European consortium intended to develop new vaccines for aquaculture. 

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Aquaculture Europe 2014 Conference

On Thursday October 16, 2014, DG RTD organised a half session in the Aquaculture Europe 2014 Conference to present selected FP7 projects related to aquaculture. We have used this excellent opportunity to present Targetfish at this important conference.

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Vaccinating small fish

As part of WP7, Targetfish aims to optimise vaccination strategies to field conditions. While immersion is presently the most commonly used delivery route for vaccinating small fish, injection often provides longer-lasting protection. To solve the immediate problem that, until present, manually handling small fish for injection vaccination is not cost effective, Targetfish has re-designed injection vaccination machinery for use on small fish, while preserving animal welfare.

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Interview with Ana de las Heras

Ph.D. Ana de las Heras is coordinating the participation of Bionaturis in Targetfish, the European consortium that is seeking solutions to the most common diseases in aquaculture. The balance after this first year is very positive.

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18th Annual Workshop of the NRLs for Fish Diseases

On June 3-4, 2014, Helle Frank Skall from partner 2, Aarhus University, presented TargetFish at the 18th Annual Workshop of the National Reference Laboratories for Fish Diseases. There was a good response to the presentation and people were interested in the project.

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Meeting with fish nutritionists in Norway

On June 10-11, 2014, Geert Wiegertjes presented the Targetfish project to the fish health department at Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre in Stavanger, Norway, where one is working on the development of targeted diets to help mitigate the effects of infectious diseases. 

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Meeting with European fish parasitologists

On May 22-23, 2014, at the occasion of a new H2020 proposol, several Targetfish partners joined a consortium meeting hosted by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – CSIC in Barcelona, Spain to discuss the mutual benefits between Targetfish and this new initiative on the development of a scientific basis and tools for preventing and mitigating parasitic diseases. If successful, the two projects would together address bacterial, viral AND parasitic diseases of European farmed fish.

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PHARMAQademy in Inverness

Prof Sandra Adams was invited to present TARGETFISH at PHARMAQademy in Inverness, Scotland which was attended by 80 participants, mainly from the UK aquaculture industry. The event which was split over two days is an annual fixture in the Industry calendar. On the first day delegates heard about the practicalities of anaesthetising and vaccinating fish as well as some aspects of treating for sea lice. The second day included presentations about antibiotic use in animal culture, mycotoxins as well as two Framework 7 projects of which one was of course Targetfish!

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VIC Congress: Vaccines: Formulation Development, Manufacturing & Novel Production Technologies

Jaime Tobar, partner 27, Centrovet, was invited as guest speaker at the VIC Congress: Vaccines: Formulation Development, Manufacturing & Novel Production Technologies 4 – 5 December 2013 in Brussel, Belgium. He also presented the poster on behalf of Targetfish. 

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Interview with Bionaturis researcher Ana de las Heras on Spanish television.

Excerpt from TV channel South “Open Europe/Global Village” on Bionaturis’ use of Flylife technology in the Targetfish project.

 

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Workshop “Plant made vaccines as an alternative to antibiotics”

London, Ontario 23rd-25th Sept. Chris Secombes was invited to speak “Vaccines for fish diseases”. In his presentation, funded by OECD he addressed, in particular, how Targetfish is aiming to develop partnerships with industry and regulatory pathways for the testing, approval and commercialization of veterinary vaccines.

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Meeting with the carp breeders associations

At the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Institute for Ichthyobiology and Aquaculture of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Golysz (Poland) Geert Wiegertjes presented on the 19th September 2013 the Targetfish project and its wish to discuss with policy makers, scientists and industry. The meeting was attended by approximately 40 participants, among which representatives of industry, carp breeders associations and inland fisheries societies.

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Targetfish – delivering improved vaccines

Article published in Fish farmer Magazine Vol 36, No 04, July/August 2013.

 

 

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Interview with Ana de las Heras, head of the Targetfish project in Bionaturis

Bionaturis joins the “Targetfish” project. Bionaturis’ researcher Ana de las Heras, who holds a PhD in Veterinary Science, will head the Targetfish project in Bionaturis.

 

 

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TargetFish: Better vaccines for tackling disease in fish farming

University of Aberdeen placed an article at Intrafish 14 December 2012.