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June 15, 2015


Seminar Update—Reducing and Managing the Risk of Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND) of Cultured Shrimp

(Complete Program Schedule Below)


This International Technical Seminar/Workshop will be held in Panama City, Panama from June 22 to 24, 2015.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in cooperation with Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA) and the Panama’s Ministries of Agriculture Development (MIDA) and the Health and the Aquatic Resources Authority organized this international technical workshop on EMS/AHPND for government employees, scientists and farmers.  It’s under the auspices of the FAO Technical Cooperation Program’s (TCP) technical assistance to FAO member countries through an inter-regional TCP project TCP/INT/3502 “Reducing and managing the risk of Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND) of Cultured Shrimp”.  Eleven TCP countries—Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the Philippines and Sri Lanka are participating in the program.  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is participating as a self-funding participant.  The Seminar will attempt to put in place long-term preventive and pro-active strategies (rather than reactive measures) and a platform for regional and inter-regional cooperation.


Purpose: The purpose of the seminar is to raise awareness, disseminate the most up-to-date scientific information about EMS/AHPND, better understand the disease and generate practical control measures through active interaction among experts, regional/international organizations, scientists and farmers.


Lodging: Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel (Panama City Panama, phone + 507-307-0300 ext. 4207).  The hotel is offering a special price on bookings from Sunday, June 21 to Thursday, June 25.


Benefits provided by the hotel:

• Full buffet breakfast

• WIFI in rooms and common areas

• Local newspaper daily

• Coffee, tea, complimentary water in your room

• Access to the gym and pool

• Direct access to the mall

• Discounts at the Albrook Mall


The hotel is making an effort to offer taxi services at a discounted price.  To do this, it must have your flight schedule.


Weather: The temperature in Panama City ranges between 30°C to 35°C, with relative humidity ranging from 55% to 85%.  The air condition in the hotel can be very cool, so a light jacket or sweater would be a good idea.


Program: The event will last for three days.  The first two days will be devoted to technical presentations, divided into several technical sessions:


• Session 1: Government and inter-governmental responses to EMS/AHPND.

• Session 2: Vibrio and vibriosis in shrimp farming.

• Session 3: Farmers’ experiences dealing with EMS/AHPND.

• Session 4: Scientists’ understanding of EMS/AHPND, other emerging shrimp pathogens and disease resistance.

• Session 5: Farmers’ best practices in shrimp farming.

• Session 6, Will be devoted to working group discussions and interactions between farmers, governments and scientists.



Information: John Jorgensen, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer, Subregional Office for Mesoamerica, (email


Information: Dr. Vielka Morales, OIRSA Coordinator of the Regional Programme on Aquaculture Health of (email:


Information: Dr. Melba B. Reantaso, FAO Aquaculture Officer and Lead Technical Officer (email


Information: Jorge Cuéllar-Anjel, D.V.M., M.Sc., Director del Departamento de Patología e Investigación, Camaronera de Coclé S.A. (CAMACO), Apartado 0201-049, Aguadulce, República de Panamá (phone +507 997-6334/2577/0737, fax +507-997-6354, cell phone +507-6949-1976, email, webpage  Jorge says: As I understand, the seminar is open to all, but hotel rooms are limited.


Source: Email to Shrimp News International.  FAO-OIRSA Seminar on EMS/AHPND.  Jorge Cuéllar-Anjel (above).  June 14, 2015.

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