Deadline extension to apply for the EAFP Small Grants Scheme !

To allow more time to prepare the applications, the EAFP has now decided to extend until 31st October 2014 the deadline to apply for the new Small Grant Scheme.

Please be sure you send the complete application, use the form downloadable by clicking here, to the EAFP vice president Dr Patrick Smith (

Good Luck !!

Bulletin contents 34 (4)

- Trypanorhych cestodes of the tiger tooth croaker (Otolithes ruber) in the Persian Gulf. P. Shohreh, H. Ebrahimzadeh Mousavi, M. Soltani, I. Mobedi, M. Ghadam and S. Mehdizadeh Mood.


- Epidermal papilloma in a gold spot plecostomus (Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus Weber, 1991). H. Rahmati-holasoo, S. Shokrpoor, H. A. Ebrahimzadeh Mousavi and M. Ahmadpoor.


Note: The first report of Mycobacterium marinum isolated from cultured meagre, Argyrosomus regius. M. L. Avsever, C. Çavuşoğlu, M. Z. Günen, Ö. Yazıcıoğlu, S. Eskiizmirliler1, B. I. Didinen, S. Tunalıgil, G. Erdal and M. Özden.


Note: Flavobacterium chilense and Flavobacterium spartansii, two novel non-pathogenic species to rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss, Walbaum) obtained from “Río Blanco” fish farm in Chile. R. Avendaño-Herrera, C. Ceballos, L. Ramírez, M. Poblete-Morales and R. Irgang.


Workshop Report: Virbiosis in aquaculture. 16th EAFP Conference, Tampere, Finland, 4th September 2013. O. L. M. Haenen, B. Fouz, C. Amaro, M. M. Isern, H. Mikkelsen, S. Zrnčić, M. A. Travers, T. Renault, R. Wardle, A. Hellström and I. Dalsgaar.

Bulletin contents 34 (3)

- News and Views

- Occurrence of different species of mycobacteria in aquarium fish from Swedish pet-shops. T. Hongslo and E. Jansson

- First detection of anguillid Herpesvirus 1 (AngHV1) in European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and imported American eel (Anguilla rostrata) in Poland. J. Kempter, P. Hofsoe, R. Panicz and S. M. Bergmann

- First observation of Red Mark Syndrome (RMS) in cultured rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss Walbaum, 1792) in Turkey. A. Kubilay, S. Ciftci, P. Yıldırım, B. I. Didinen, S. Metin, T. Demirkan, M. R. Ozen and B. Oidtmann

- Sodium fluorescein for early detection of skin ulcers in Aeromonas hydrophila infected Piaractus mesopotamicus. P. F. Marcusso, J. Yunis, G. S. Claudiano, W. G. Manrique, R. Salvador, J. R. E. de Moraes and F. R. Moraes

Histopathology workshop 2015 first announcement

The Histopathology Workshop 2015 focusing on "Gills Pathology" will be held on 12 September 2015, in conjunction with the 17th International EAFP Conference in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. 

The workshop organisers are actively working on a programme and more info will be provided with the second announcement. Participants will need to get a place before they could complete the registration by adding it as an option when registering for the 17th EAFP. The number of places available will be very limited and details of registration will be posted at a later date.

For more info and to provide any suggestions please contact:

 Dr David Bruno ( ) 

or Dr Diane Elliot ( 

or Dr Steve Feist ( ) 

or Dr Barbara Nowak ( )

or Patricia Noguera ( )


The CD room from the Histopathology workshop 2013 - Sensory system pathology is now available !!!

More info on how to order a copy visiting the histopathology workshops-designed page: Please click here.

Deadline extension to register for the EAFP-UK/Ireland conference

To allow people to just concentrate on submitting abstracts by today (30th June), we have decided to extend the deadline for the early bird registration rate to 11th July. If anybody needs to know whether their abstract is accepted before they are able to register, please e-mail myself ( and Dave Hoole ( and we can expedite that.

David Verner-Jeffreys

EAFP Student Award 2015

The European Association of Fish Pathologists will provide 15 awards to young scientists working on fish and shellfish diseases to attend the 17th EAFP conference in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
The award includes the conference registration fee and banquet attendance, but does not cover travel or accommodation.

Eligible applicants are:
•    young scientists registered as EAFP student member in the year of the conference;
•    registered as EAFP student member since at least 2014 (the year before the conference);
•    preferably offering an oral presentation.

The application should include:
•    an abstract of the presentation (only for this purpose it could be extended up to 600 words);
•    the student’s CV (max 1 page, including the EAFP membership number and any published paper);
•    any evidence of current attendance of the graduate program (e.g. supervisor’s or administrative confirmation).

Priority will be given to students that have not received EAFP student award in the past.

Decisions will be communicated directly to applicants before the early registration deadline.

For questions or application submission, please contact the EAFP meeting secretary:

Dr Ivona Mladineo -
Institute of Oceanography & Fisheries
POBox 500, 2100 Split, Croatia

17th EAFP First Announcement


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

7 to 11 September 2015

The 17th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish will be held in the Alfredo Krauss Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

Scientific and technical sessions consisting of poster presentations, invited talks, keynotes, oral presentations, workshops and an EAFP General Assembly will take place during the Conference. Planned social events include a Welcome Cocktail, Civic Reception and the traditional Conference Banquet.

To ensure that appropriate topics are covered, including emerging fields of research, we are very interested in hearing any suggestions from you. EAFP members and non-members are encouraged to submit proposals for potential topics for scientific sessions and workshops at the conference.

More information will be available on the EAFP website and EAFP-Facebook page, as well as in the 2nd announcement that will shortly be placed on the EAFP web page.

We look forward to seeing you at the 17th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish organized by the EAFP.

Feel free to contact our Meeting Secretary if you have any suggestions, questions or for any additional information:

click here to provide your suggestion !!!

Ivona Mladineo, the EAFP Meeting Secretary

Institute of Oceanography & Fisheries

POBox 500, 21000 Split, Croatia

Tel.: +385 21408047 / Fax: +385 21358650


Ivona Mladineo

Invitation to bid for the organization of future EAFP conferences now open!

The EAFP Council is strongly encouraging submission of proposals for EAFP members’ bids to host future EAFP International Conferences (starting from 2019).

The hosting member should submit a proposal that needs to include:

- Document of invitation to the EAFP to hold the EAFP conference in 2019;

- Letter from the proposer;

- Supporting letters as appropriate;

- Proposals for the local organizing committee membership;

- General information on the hosting country and city;

- General information on international transport connections;

- Details on potential conference venue (capacity, cost, facilities, appearance);

- List of available accommodation for different travelling budgets;

- Outline of relevant experience of those to be involved in organizing conference.

If you are interested in submitting a bid to host a future EAFP International Conference please contact Ivona Mladineo, the EAFP Meeting Secretary at and submit your proposal before 01st September 2014.

Bulletin contents 34 (2)

- Joerg Rapp, in memoriam

- Isolation and characterisation of Aeromonas sobria in Catla catla (Thaila) affected with hemorrhagic septicemia. A. Shahzad, K. Iahtasham, A. Qurban, K. Safwan Ullah, M. Zahid Sharif and A. Shamim.

- Massive mortality in Manila clams (Ruditapes philippinarum) farmed in the Lagoon of Venice, caused by Perkinsus olseni. T. Pretto, M. Zambon, M. Civettini, G. Caburlotto, L. Boffo, E. Rossetti and G. Arcangeli.

- Prevalence of the protozoan parasite Haplosporidium nelsoni in the Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica,within the Damariscotta River Estuary, in Maine, USA in 2012. N. A. Messerman, K. E. Johndrow and T. J. Bowden.

- Francisellosis in ornamental African cichlids in Austria. E. Lewisch, A. Dressler, S. Menanteau-Ledouble, M. Saleh and M. El-Matbouli.


-- Erratum: Occurrence of Diplostomum spp. (Diplostomidae) in some fish species from Ömerli Dam Lake, İstanbul, Turkey. F. Kırcalar and E. Soylu.


In memory of Dr. Joerg Rapp

Joerg Rapp, in memoriam


Joerg Rapp, DVM specialized in Fish Diseases and Fish Epizootics Control & Containment passed away  in February 13th 2014, aged 73, Joerg was born January 7th 1941. He started to study Veterinary Medicine in Giessen, but moved rather soon to the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover (the oldest in Germany, founded in 1778), where he finished his studies and carried out the final examination, the Dr. med. vet. degree  and - last but not least – found his beloved spouse for a whole life together.

Shortly after, in July 1967 he joined the State Veterinary Diagnostic Centre located in the small town of Aulendorf, German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, main geographical centre of Swabia, where he worked as founder and head of the Fish Health Service until his retirement in January 2006.

Joerg was a „typical Swabian“, known as a very serious and hard as well as meticulously working people. During his nearly 40 years in the State Veterinary Diagnostic Centre of Aulendorf,  Joerg built up a for the time outstandingly efficient Fish Health Service to the pond farming & aquaculture industry in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

In the meantime the European Commission in Brussels started to develop a legislation a legislation for the control of fish diseases (mainly epizootics) at Community level. Experts of the Members States in which freshwater fish played an important role began to be invited to Brussels. The first result of these efforts was the Council Directive 91/67 „concerning the animal health conditions governing the placing in the market of aquaculture animals and products“. Updates of this Directive as well as a phalanx of Commission Decisions followed during the 1970ies-1990ies up to the beginning of the new millennium. The introduction of  the concept of approved zones and „compartments“ turned out to be a rather complicated matter and this was the moment in which the presence of Joerg in Brussels proved to be of fundamental importance – because  of his long lasting  p r a c t i c a l  work with trout farmers of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Initially Joerg was reluctant to join the experts in Brussels, because working in the country side, the trips to Brussels seemed rather strenuous to him. But finally we could convince him to participate.  Afterwards and a bit less strenuous, the experts meetings at the Ministry of Agriculture were held in Bonn , responsible for the implementation of EU-Directives and Commission Decisions resulting from the work in Brussels into German legislation.

As expected – Joerg’s ideas to improve the contents of EU-documents showed of great value, because – again – of his firm links with the reality of daily practical experience and insight in pond farming. His swabian thoroughness often brought down the responsible Commission Eurocrat‘s theoretical approaches, in many cases far from reality, and to re-think their proposals (for them not very popular indeed – because it meant loss of time; but Joerg remained firm like a rock...).

His restless efforts well as the continuous engagement of his co-workers regarding the avoidance  and containment of fish epizootics lead to the unique result that Baden-Wuerttemberg (BW) has the most approved IHN & VHS free zones and compartments within the Federal Republic of Germany (data from 2011): 98 against 41 of the other 6 Fed.States (in which freshwater fish production plays a role).

We lost a distinguished but always modest personality, a colleague and friend who understood his profession as a vocation, who never lost his practical sense, who was a loyal member of the German Branch of the  EAFP for many decades and loved nature, animals and (mainly) equestrian sports

Hans-Juegen Schlotfeldt

(in the EAFP – after 22 years (1979-2001) in the EAFP-Council – simply „HJ“)

Bulletin contents 34 (1)

- Rodney Wootten, in memoriam

- News and Views

- Occurrence of Diplostomum spp. (Diplostomidae) in some fish species from Ömerli Dam Lake, İstanbul, Turkey. F. Kırcalar and E. Soylu.

- Histopathological changes in the intestine of sharptooth catfish, Clarias gariepinus naturally-infected with the cestode, Tetracampos ciliotheca. G. N. Madanire-Moyo and A. Avenant-Oldewage.

- Potential infectivity of the virus re-isolated from surviving Japanese amberjack (Seriola quinqueradiata) after experimental infection with red sea bream iridovirus. T. Ito, Y. Kawato, Y. Yoshiura, T. Kamaishi, K. Yoshida and K. Nakajima.

- Borderline ovarian mucinous cystadenoma with invasion of stroma in the goldfish Carassius auratus (L.). L. A. Romano, M. Klosterhoff, F. Führ, R. V. Rodrigues, M. B. Tesser, M. A. R Garrido-Pereira and L. A. Sampaio.

In memory of Dr. Rodney Wootten

We are very saddened to report the death of

Rod Wootten

who lost a battle with cancer on

Friday 8th November 2013. 

Rod was born in Hendon, London in 1946. During his youth, he developed a consuming interest in the complexity and organisation of the living world which resulted in 1967 in a First Class Honours degree in Zoology (Special Subject Parasitology) at Barking Regional College of Science & Technology. He followed this with a PhD at Imperial College of Science & Technology
on the parasite fauna of freshwater fish in the Hanningfield reservoir in Essex. This resulted in a series of papers which are still relevant in terms of the UK fish parasite fauna and continue to be cited today.  Amongst these were the first publications in scientific journals concerning parasites of cultured rainbow trout in the UK. Having moved north to the Marine laboratory in Aberdeen in 1970, he switched his interests to marine fish and embarked on a programme investigating the significance of the zoonotic anisakids in capture food fish which continued for a period of some 15 years. He and co-workers, notably John Smith, produced a number of important publications as a result of this work. As mariculture expanded around the Scottish coast, Rod was drawn more into the study of diseases of cultured salmon, both in their freshwater and sea water stages with a special interest in studies on the epidemiology, host parasite interactions and control of economically important fish parasites. As Head of the Field Investigations Section in the Marine laboratory, his interests widened and resulted in studies on a variety of parasite pathogens, including protozoa such as Ichthyobodo sp. and Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. During this period he was becoming aware of the growing presence of sea lice in farmed salmon in sea cages and joined with Ted Needham from the Unilever company based in Aberdeen to produce the first major study of the life cycle dynamics of Lepeophtheirus salmonis in salmon cages; published in 1982, it was a seminal work being the first report of this pathogen in the UK and is still cited by current workers on sea lice.  He continued to work and publish on sea lice for the next 25 or more years in collaboration with Chris Sommerville in the Institute of Aquaculture. His research interests, however, remained wide and, more recently, he became very interested in the Myxozoa. Along with the parasitology team at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, where he moved in 1989, a series of studies were published elucidating the life cycles, host parasite interactions and epidemiology of the myxozoan fauna of cultured salmon and rainbow trout in freshwater fish farm sites.

Rod’s research career came full circle in the last few years of a long career researching aquatic parasite pathogens, when, with funding from the Scottish Food Standards Agency (SFSA), he established a programme investigating the significance of anisakid infections in wild and cultured marine fish.  As a member of the Working Group on behalf of the European Food Standards agency (EFSA), the results of his research contributed to the Scientific Opinion publications of the EFSA Panel on Biological hazards related to the risks to human food safety of parasites in fisheries products. As a result the European Commission and member states reviewed and amended the existing hygiene legislation.

Over the course of his career, Rod regularly spoke publicly at conferences, workshops, etc. all over the world on the subjects of his research and utilised his knowledge and experience as a fish health specialist in many countries as a consultant, in particular for the ODA during his period at the Institute of aquaculture.

Rod’s editorial skills were recognised at an early stage in his career – he was a founding editor of the Journal of Fish Disease in 1977 and was the first publications officer of the newly formed European Association of Fish Pathologists (EAFP) between 1979 & 1981. His expertise in scientific writing was regularly put to the test during the supervision of his large number of Masters and Doctoral students during his career. His scientific rigour and clarity of thought were instrumental in training a large cohort of international students who hold senior appointments in the area of fish parasitology.

His organisational and mentoring skills were an essential element of his work at Stirling, where he acted as Assistant Director between 1989 and 1996 and then Deputy Director from 1996 until his retiral in 2011.

As a colleague at Stirling, Rod was always ready with sensible advice and his superlative inter-personal skills defused many potential problems. His calm and balanced approach made him the perfect ambassador, particularly through his strong links with Bangladesh and his friendship with Professor Takashi Aoki in Japan.

Rod was a committed family man and our thoughts at this time are with his wife Joy and Daughter Millie. Joy remarked that the one positive element of Rod’s illness was a heightened appreciation of the splendour of the natural world, which Rod found to be hugely rewarding.

His passing leaves a great void but we are buoyed up at this time by many positive memories of working together over such a long period of time.

A memorial grove of trees has been planted in Rod’s memory with Trees for life, an award-winning conservation charity working to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest and all its species to a large contiguous area in the Highlands of Scotland. Rod had a great love of our native wildlife and birds and was very knowledgeable about the stands of Caledonian pine up and down Scotland. This is a fitting, long-lasting token.

 To see Rod’s grove, please follow this link :

 Randolph Richards & Chris Sommerville

Stirling, December 2013