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April 25, 2014


New Bid to Control EMS


Putth Songsangjinda, director of the Marine Shrimp Culture Research and Development Institute, said the Thai Fisheries Department is planning to modify the Animal Epidemic Act to help it control early mortality syndrome (EMS).  Mr. Putth said, “The Fisheries Department has been in talks to adapt and apply the act to better control the outbreak.  However, we need to work on more details and see if we can push it through.”  He said the revised law would authorize government officers to take more serious actions in dealing with shrimp farm operations to ensure they use suitable techniques to combat EMS.


The Fisheries Department already has a network of volunteers to monitor affected areas, examine diseased shrimp and address hatchery and nursery practices.


On April 24, 2014, the National Science and Technology Development Agency announced its cooperation with Taiwanese researchers from National Cheng Kung University to use its technology to examine bacteria.  The technique is said to reduce the spread of EMS and the risks of the bacteria.


Source: Bangkok Post.  New Bid to Control EMS.  April 25, 2014.

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