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 : http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/groves/grovepage.php?id=8375

 Randolph Richards & Chris Sommerville

Stirling, December 2013

Bulletin contents 33 (6)

- Parasite fauna of garfish Belone belone collected from Sinop coasts of the Black Sea, Turkey. - A. Özer & V. Yurakhno.

- Pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria isolated from ornamental fish in Uruguay: characterization and antibiotic resistance. - D. Carnevia, M. Letamendía & A. Perretta.

- Ectoparasites of native cyprinid Barbus haasi: first record of Trichodina acuta and Trichodina fultoni in Iberian catchments. - A. Maceda-Veiga, M. Monroy, H. Salvadó, J. Cable & A. de Sostoa.

 - Ultrastructure of Nucleospora cyclopteri, an intranuclear microsporidian infecting the Atlantic lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus L.). - M. A. Freeman and Á. Kristmundsson.

- Experimental infection of Arctic charr Salvelinus alpinus (L.) with the cercariae of diplostomid eye flukes Diplostomum spp. - A. Voutilainen.


Bulletin contents 33 (5)

News and Views

- Zero prevalence of Renibacterium salmoninarum infection in rainbow and brown trout from Slovene fresh waters. - M. Pate, U. Zajc, M. Ocepek, B. Krt & V. Jenčič.

- The effects of azamethiphos and trichlorfon on the control of Diplectanum aequans (MonogeneaDiplectanidae) infestations in cultured broodstock sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax. - E. Tokşen, E. Nemli, U. Değirmenci & U. Karacalar.

- Isolation and genetic typing of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus from cultured brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in China. - P. Jia, X. Zhu, W. Zheng, X. C. Zheng, X. J. Shi, W. S. Lan, S. F. Kan, Q. Y. Hua, H. Liu & X. X. Chen.

- Vaccination against Cyprinid HerpesVirus 2 (CyHV-2) infection in goldfish Carassius auratus. - T. Ito & M. Ototake.


- What can the Limfjord tell us about limiting factors for Bonamia ostreae in northern Europe? - L. Madsen, J. Kamp & S. Mellergaard.

Bulletin contents 33 (4)

News and Views

- Course Report: Short course on toxicologic pathology in fish. - S. W. Feist & H. Segner.

- Metazoan parasites of rudd Scardinius erythrophthalmus in Lake Sapanca, Turkey. - U. Ş. Kuş and E. Soylu.

- Tissue distribution of Anisakis simplex larvae (Nematoda; Anisakidae) in wild Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, from the Drammenselva river, south-east Norway. - M. Senos, T. Poppe, H. Hansen & T. A. Mo.

- Dynamics of virus titer and quantity of red sea bream Iridovirus DNA using natural and autoclaved artificial sea water under different water temperatures. - T. Ito, Y. Yoshiura, T. Kamaishi & K. Nakajima.

- First isolation of koi herpes virus (KHV) in Italy from imported koi (Cyprinus carpio koi). - T. Pretto, A. Manfrin, C. Ceolin, M. Dalla Pozza, S. Zelco, R. Quartesan, M. Abbadi, V. Panzarin and A. Toffan.

Council elections -results


Following the call published in the Bulletin of the EAFP, issue 1/2013 and on the EAFP website, the nominations for EAFP council posts were:

President: Sven Bergmann, Germany and José Garcia, Spain

Treasurer: Klaus Knopf, Germany

Meetings secretary: Ivona Mladineo, Croatia

As there were two candidates for the position of President, voting via the internet was arranged in July 2013 with procedural details previously described in the Bulletin of the EAFP, issues 2/2013 and 3/2013 and on the EAFP website (www.eafp.org). The voting has now been closed and the outcome was that José Garcia was elected as the EAFP President for 2013-2017.  The EAFP Treasurer for 2013-2017 will be Klaus Knopf, and the Meetings Secretary for the same period will be Ivona Mladineo.

Lone Madsen

EAFP General Secretary

Bulletin contents 33 (3)

Ulf-Peter Wichardt, in memoriam

News and Views

First laboratory confirmation of sleeping disease virus (SDV) in Croatia

I. Vardić Smrzlić, D. Kapetanović, D. Valić, E. Teskeredžić, M. F. McLoughlin and E. Fringuelli

Neoplasia of the Sertoli cells in wild carp, Cyprinus carpio: optical, immunohistochemical and

ultrastructural study

L. A. Romano, M. Klosterhoff, F. Fuhr, R. V. Rodrigues, E. Pereira Gusmao, M. A. R. Garrido-Pereira, L. A. Sampaio and M. B. Tesser

Effect of teflubenzuron on Diplectanum aequans (Monogenea: Diplectanidae) infestations in cultured sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax

E. Tokşen, E. Nemli and M. Cankurt


First record of leucism in hake Merluccius merluccius (L.)

D. T. G. Quigley and E. Wallace

Council elections - now closed

Voting for the post of EAFP President will take place via the internet from 1 -31 July and details of your 'unique code' will be enclosed with the bulletin 33 (3).   The nominees for President are Jose Garcia and Sven Bergman

 José A. Garcia

I graduated from Veterinary Faculty of Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1987. My principle research is on the pathogenesis and diagnosis of bacterial fish diseases, but I have also worked on macrophage response, and different aspects of viral diseases. At present I am lecturer at the Department of Animal Health at Madrid Veterinary Faculty. I have been a member of the EAFP since 1997 and have always been committed to its aims as a global association of scientists and other professionals dedicated to improving aquatic animal health worldwide. It was for this reason that I put myself forward for the position of Meetings Secretary which I have occupied since 2009. The experience as Council Member of the EAFP has been enjoyable and a real privilege. I very much would like to continue my involvement in the organisation of the EAFP and my experience on the Council places me in the position to take on the role of President. I believe the EAFP has much more to offer and should I be successful I would see it as a key aim to ensure that the EAFP continues to develop, attracting new members to an increasingly dynamic association focussing on the needs of fish health professionals, the aquaculture industry and in helping the development of scientific expertise for student members and others with more experience! I hope that I get the chance to lead the EAFP in its ambition to fulfil these aims.

 Sven Bergman

In my role as treasurer of the society for the past 8 years I have had the chance to gain deeper insights into the structure, work and effectiveness of the EAFP. In addition to my duties as treasurer, I have also been given the opportunity to work on other EAFP issues assisting the officers in the council. Based on this knowledge and experience I feel well prepared to accept other responsibilities for the EAFP. My wish is to further promote the positive development of the EAFP of the past few years, always in close cooperation with the council, profiting from the experiences of all council officers, guided by the general assembly. My main goals will be to continue the successful development of the EAFP, to stabilize and increase its number of members putting the main focus on the recruitment of students, trainees and graduates, and to increase the attractiveness of the EAFP by granting awards and promoting the use of digital media. Therefore, I would be glad and proud to serve for the next four years as president of the EAFP.

Results will be announced before the September Conference.

Lone Madsen, General Secretary (loma@vet.dtu.dk)