Tilapia Lake Virus: What Does it Mean and What Should We Do?

Thursday, August 17, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

University of Florida/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension
18710 SW 288 Street
Homestead, FL  33030

The Issue: Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) is an emerging disease that has been reported in at least 8 different countries around the world where tilapia are being produced. This disease appears to have the greatest impact on fingerlings, with losses as high as 90%. To date there are no reported cases of TiLV in the US. Given the threat, there is every reason to anticipate that this disease will be added to the list of international reportable diseases in the near future and that export of live tilapia from the US will require certification that they are free of this disease. Most important to Florida producers is the fact that an estimated 50% of live fish are sold in Canada, and without a program these exports could be stopped.
The University of Florida/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the United States Department of Agriculture are working together to develop a plan and program to test fish in Florida and elsewhere in the US for this disease and work to certify fingerling producers and grow-out farms as being free of TiLV. Participation and cooperation of individual farms is essential to the success of this plan. Representatives from each of these agencies will give a short presentation on the status of the disease globally, anticipated time frames for future regulations, and most importantly how Florida can address this threat as a collective team of industry and government agencies. Focus will be made on how farms can protect themselves from this disease and develop the needed information to become certified for export.