Civic reception at 17th EAFP Conference

Dear delegates,

there has been a change of the place for civic reception. The civic reception will be held in "Gabinete Literario", an emblematic building in the old town. After ending the scientific program on Tuesday, 8th September, delegates will be taken by buses to the civic reception, where they will be greeted by the President of The Veterinary College of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and served a cocktail accompanied by a traditional lively canary music. 

Ivona Mladineo
EAFP Meeting Secretary

2015 Election results for EAFP Council

Election results for EAFP Council positions for 2015-2019:

- EAFP Vice President

- EAFP General Secretary

- EAFP Publications Officer


Following the call published in the EAFP Bulletin, Issue 34(5) and on the EAFP website, the nominations for EAFP Council posts were:

     EAFP Vice President: Sven Bergmann (Germany) and Patrick Smith (UK).

     EAFP General Secretary: Sven Bergmann (Germany), Roy Palmer (Ireland), Anne Ramstad (Norway) and Snjezana Zrncic (Croatia). 

     EAFP Publications Officer: Sean Monaghan (UK).

Sean Monaghan was elected, unopposed, and will take up his position in the EAFP Council for the period 2015-2019.
As there were several candidates for the positions of EAFP Vice President and EAFP General Secretary, voting via the internet was arranged in June/July 2015 with procedural details described in the EAFP Bulletin, Issues 35(2) and 35(3) and on the EAFP website ( as well as in the EAFP Newsletter (May/June 2015). The voting period has now closed.

Patrick Smith is re-elected as EAFP Vice President, for the period 2015-2019.

Snjezana Zrncic is elected as the new EAFP General Secretary for the period 2015-2019.

The new EAFP Council Members will begin their roles, after the 17th EAFP Conference in Las Palmas.

Lone Madsen
EAFP General Secretary


Bulletin contents 35 (4)

- News and Views

- Distribution pattern of eosinophilic granular cells in the intestine of the convict cichlid Amatitlania nigrofasciata (Günther, 1867). C. Hopperdietzel, R. M. Hirschberg, H. Hünigen, J. Wolter and J. Plendl.

- First record of Parabrachiella hostilis (Heller, 1868; Copepoda: Lernaeopodidae) from Umbrina cirrosa (Linnaeus, 1758; Pisces: Sciaenidae) in Turkey. A. Alaş, A. Öktener and D. Türker Çakır.

- Nephrocalcinosis and kidney stones in Rachycentron canadum. M. Klosterhoff, V. Pedrosa, L. A. Sampaio, L. Ramos, M. B. Tesser and L. A. Romano.

- Review: Anemia in teleost fishes. M. Witeska.

EAFP Council Election 2015

All EAFP members are kindly invited to express one preference for each of the EAFP council members to be renewed. 
Voting pool will be open until Friday 31st July 2015!!!

There are two candidates for Vice President:
- Sven Bergmann (Ger)
- Patrick Smith (UK)

There are four candidates for General Secretary:
- Sven Bergmann (Ger)
- Roy Palmer (Irl)
- Anne Ramstad (Nor)
- Snjezana Zrncic (Cro)

- candidates are listed in alphabetic order -

Full instructions and your personal election key code can be found on the slip that was posted to each member with the issue 35 (3) of the EAFP Bulletin. 

The EAFP General Secretary - Lone Madsen

Bulletin contents 35 (3)

-    News and Views

-    Distribution of hemolysin genes in Turkish Vibrio anguillarum isolates. M. L. Avsever and C. Ün.

-    Pathogenicity and biological characteristics of CyHV-2. L-G. Liang, J. Xie, K. Chen and X-W. Bing.

-    The effect of warm discharge waters of a power plant on the occurrence of parasitic Metazoa in freshwater bream, Abramis brama (L.). M. Pilecka-Rapacz, W. Piasecki, R. Czerniawski, Ł. Sługocki, T. Krepski and J. Domagała.

-    An outbreak of scuticociliatosis in cultured common dentex (Dentex dentex) in Turkey. E. Turgay, T. M. Steinum, A. E. Gül and S. Karataş.

-    Microsporidians infecting eel gobies (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae) from Malaysia, with a description of Microgemma tilanpasiri n. sp. from the burrowing goby Trypauchen vagina. M. A. Freeman, W. W. Chong and K. H. Loh.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 EAFP Student Award !

The listed EAFP student members will get free registration for the 17th EAFP conference in Las Palmas !

* Please note winner students are listed in alphabetical order.

Max J. Beckman

- Is stress in farmed salmon (Salmo salar) an important factor for saprolegniosis? (Oral Presentation)

- Prevalence of Saprolegnia species collected from fish farms in Scotland. (Poster Presentation)

Reka Borzak

- Molecular detection and genome analysis of Circoviruses of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and sichel (Pelecus cultratus) from Lake Balaton, Hungary. (Oral Presentation)

Ivana Bušelić

- Risk factor analysis of human infection with Anisakis spp. in the European anchovy and sardine from the Eastern Adriatic Sea. (Oral Presentation)

Toni Erkinharju

- Temperature dependent immune response in Atlantic lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus L.). (Oral Presentation)

Sarah Harris

- What happens to the intestinal microbiota of the common carp (Cyprinus carpio) when you combine oral application and injection of ß-glucan? (Oral Presentation)

- Penguin: an image analysis program to measure changes in colony size of fish associated bacteria. (Poster Presentation)

In vitro analysis of the effect of ß-glucans on growth and survival of fish associated bacteria. (Poster Presentation)

- Using in silico sequence data to estimate the effectiveness of genus specific primers encoding for the 16S rDNA gene in bacteria typically found in fish. (Poster Presentation)

Mar Marcos Lopez

- Proteomics to study amoebic gill disease in farmed Atlantic salmon Salmo salar. (Oral Presentation)

- Cleaner fish: new species under the microscope. (Poster Presentation)

Kareem Nawroz:

- Adjuvant effect of a formulated carbohydrate (MSS1) in vaccines against Aeromonas hydrophila in common carp (Cyprinus carpio). (Oral Presentation)

Catarina Norte Dos Santos

- Cytokine expression within the interbranchial lymphoid tissue of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) during amoebic gill disease .(Oral Presentation)

Patricia Pereiro

- Study of the immune response after Aeromonas spp. challenge in turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) and zebrafish (Danio rerio). (Oral Presentation)

- The first characterization of an IFN-gamma gene in turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) reveals interesting questions about its immunomodulatory properties. (Poster Presentation)

- Transcriptome analysis of the main immune pathways after VHSV infection in turbot (Scophthalmus maximus). (Poster Presentation)

Jose Gustavo Ramirez Paredes

- The use of “Taxo-genomics” to clarify the taxonomical status of fish pathogenic Francisella spp.. (Oral Presentation)

Željka Trumbić

- Transcriptomic and ultrastructural changes of the Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus (Linnaeus, 1758) gill epithelium infected with Didymosulcus katsuwonicola (Pozdnyakove, 1990). (Oral Presentation)

Abstract Submission Deadline Extension

The deadline for abstract submission for the 17th EAFP conference in Las Palmas has now been extended up to 17th April 2015 !

Please strictly follow the guideline provided when you format and forward every abstract.

In case of technical issues please check the technical requirements session before contact the EAFP meeting secretary or EAFP webmaster. 

Acceptance of abstracts will be confirmed after the definitive closure of abstract submission on 17th April 2015.

Looking forward to receive your submissions!

Ivona Mladineo
EAFP Meeting Secretary

Félix Acosta
Conference Local Organizer

Bulletin contents 35 (2)

- News and Views

- Parasites of introduced goldfish (Carassius auratus L.) in the Massaciuccoli water district (Tuscany, Central Italy). F. Macchioni, L. Chelucci, B. Torracca, M. Cristina Prati and M. Magi

- Parasites and pathological condition of two edible clams from the Cassino beach, southern Brazil. Y. B. M. Carvalho, L. H. da Silva Poersch and L. A. Romano
- Sparicotyle chrysophrii and gilthead sea bream – potential experimental infection model. G. Rigos, M. Henry and C. Tsigenopoulos 

- First evidence of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity in the nematode parasite (Contracaecum sp.) and its host, cod (Gadus morhua). K. Nadolna-Altyn

- Comparative efficacy of formalin, freshwater and hydrogen peroxide against Gyrodactylus corti infestations on captive wolf-eels (Anarrhichthys ocellatus). S. R. M. Jones, D. A. Thoney and S. K. Balfry

17th EAFP conference registration and abstract submission are now open !

Dear colleagues,
Registration and abstract submission for the 17th EAFP Conference on "Diseases of Fish and Shellfish" to be held in Las Palmas de Grand Canaria is now open.

For more information, please visit:

Conference website

Conference Registration

Asbtract submssion

Student Awards

Looking forward to host you in an interactive scientific environment,

Ivona Mladineo
the EAFP Meeting Secretary

Release of Pre-Views of Recent Articles

Release of Pre-Views of Recent Articles of The Bulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists

The EAFP is pleased to announce that they have now released, as open access, pre-views of all EAFP Bulletin articles for the last 2 years, to date.  The pre-view shows the first page of the article, including the Abstract, author affiliation and the beginning of the Introduction. 

This is in addition to the release, as open access, of all full articles prior to the last 2 years. 

Pre-views and full articles can be accessed at:
Full articles and Abstracts are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 UK: Scotland Licence.

Membership of the EAFP gives access to the current full articles in the Bulletin. Non-Members are encouraged to join (

Roy Palmer,
EAFP Bulletin Editor / EAFP Publications Officer

EAFP Council elections

EAFP Council elections

We would like to invite nominations from EAFP Members for the following posts on the EAFP Council, effective from September 2015 for a term of 4 years:

  • EAFP Vice President

  • EAFP Publications Officer 

  • EAFP General Secretary

The duties of the Council Officers are described in the EAFP Statutes (see 

The current Vice President Patrick Smith (UK) is willing to stand for election as Vice President for a second term of 4 years, whereas Roy Palmer (Ireland) is retiring as Publications Officer after his second term in office. Lone Madsen (Denmark) is also retiring as General Secretary after her second term in office.

According to the EAFP Statutes any EAFP Member may be nominated for Vice President, Publications Officer or General Secretary.

Each nomination should contain the proposer's name for the particular post and seconded by another member, together with a note from the individual person stating they are willing to stand for election. Potential candidates should feel free to discuss the current duties with a Member of the Council.  

Please send nominations for the above posts to the General Secretary by March 1st 2015.

Voting for contested posts will take place via the internet, after March 1st 2015.

Please make sure that the EAFP has your correct email address.

Results will be announced before the September Conference.

the EAFP General Secretary ([email protected])

Lone Madsen

Bulletin contents 34 (5)

- News and Views

- Genetic diversity of Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus (IPNV) in farmed rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Iran. M. Soltani, S. Rouholahi, H. A. Ebrahimzadeh Mousavi, K. Abdi, A. Zargar and S. Mohamadian

- First isolation of Staphylococcus warneri from cultured rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) broodstock in Turkey. S. Metin, A. Kubilay, E. E. Onuk, B. I. Didinen and P. Yıldırım

- Utility of the viral neutralisation test for detection of antibodies to Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis Virus in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). V. Jenčič, P. Hostnik, I. Toplak and A. Grilc Fajfar

- Efficacy of sea salt, metronidazole and formalin-malachite green baths in treating Ichthyophthirius multifiliis infections of mollies (Poecilia sphenops). A. Maceda-Veiga and J. Cable

- Exophiala angulospora infection found in cultured Japanese flounder Paralichthys olivaceus in Japan. C. Kanchan, Y. Muraosa and K. Hatai

- The apparent disappearance of Oyster Herpes Virus type 1 (OsHV-1) from the Ebro Delta, Spain. K. B. Andree, N. Carrasco, C. J. Rodgers, A. Roque, I. Gairin, and D. Furones

17th EAFP Second Announcement

17th International Conference on ‘Diseases of Fish and Shellfish’
7th – 11th September, 2015
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain





On behalf of the Council of the European Association of Fish Pathologists and the Local Organising Committee we cordially invite you to participate in the seventeenth International Conference of the Association. The conference will be held at the Auditorium Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. The Auditorium of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria bears the name of Alfredo Kraus, the internationally renowned opera singer in recognition of his contribution to the world of music. The building that houses the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, the work of architect Oscar Tusquets, is one of the most outstanding and representative constructions of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Situated at the end of Las Canteras Beach, this isolated and independent fortress was designed as a lighthouse to identify and protect the city. Ever since it was opened, the image of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium as a sentry watching over Las Canteras Beach, has become one of the most emblematic views of the city. 

The Conference will begin with registration (16:00-18:00) and a get-together on Sunday 6th September in the Auditorium Alfredo Kraus. From Monday 7th to Thursday 10th September there will be a full scientific programme of Keynotes, oral presentations, dedicated poster sessions, workshops and roundtables. An EAFP plenary session is also scheduled. 
On Thursday, 10th September the scientific programme of the Conference will close with the traditional Conference Banquet, this time at Finca Laraiga. On Friday, 11th September, there will be two optional study visits; one to Marine Scientific Park of University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Figure 1) and the second to the company ADSA SL, producer of seabream and seabass in Gran Canaria (Figure 2). Visits can be purchased separately (70 Euros each).



The primary means of communication for the conference will be by poster, which will be facilitated by dedicated sessions each day that do not overlap with other activities. The format introduced in 1995, of oral sessions on selected topics given by expert keynote speakers, has been retained for the 17th International Conference. Submissions offered for oral and poster presentations will be subject to peer-review. In addition, there will be a number of workshops on subjects of interest to fish and shellfish pathologists, as well as roundtable discussions on more industry-related topics. The Conference Centre can accommodate smaller meetings of EU project partners and we encourage members to avail of this facility. However, room hire and associated costs are not covered by the EAFP and must be paid in advance. For details, please contact Barceló Congresos (conference agency).

The official language of the conference is English.

In addition to the scientific programme the Local Organisers have put together an extensive social programme both for delegates and accompanying persons. 

We look forward to meeting you at the conference and we are certain that you will enjoy Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the surroundings.

For more details and up-to-date information about the Conference, please visit our homepage on or regularly.


Abstracts and Scientific Programme:



Dr. Ivona Mladineo
EAFP Meeting Secretary
Laboratory of Aquaculture
Institute of Oceanography & Fisheries
P.O.Box 500
Setaliste Ivana Mestrovica 63
21000 Split, Croatia
Tel: +385 21 408 047
Fax: +385 21 358 650
Email: [email protected]


Registration, Tours, Accommodation and Social Events:

Juan Carlos García
C/ Gonzalo de Bilbao, 23
41003 Sevilla, Spain
Telf. +34 954 22 40 95
Email: [email protected]


The success of the Conference is greatly dependent on generous sponsorship provided by industry and from trade exhibitors. Details of sponsorship packages and exhibition space can be kindly requested from our local organizer team in Las Palmas (contact Dr. Félix Acosta, e-mail: [email protected]) or Barceló Congresos (contact Juan Carlos García, e-mail: [email protected]).

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 ([email protected]).

Good Luck !!