Key reasons to attend this course

Improve your understanding of the main parasites of economic relevance affecting farmed fish in the Mediterranean area.

Update knowledge of the most important parasitic diseases, diagnostic methods, disease assessment and preventive and control measures.

Acquire diagnostic skills based on holistic evaluation and laboratory techniques.

Increase abilities and expertise in health management and food safety related to parasitic fish diseases.

Meet first-line international experts in this field and share professional experiences and concerns with them.


20 hours in-class training

14 hours of practical work

Leading international experts

Course in English, with interpretation into Spanish and French


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  • 1. Introduction
    • 1.1. Marine and freshwater finfish aquaculture production in the Mediterranean region: species, production systems and development constraints
    • 1.2. Importance of parasitic diseases in aquaculture health and their relationships with the production systems
    • 1.3. Flash on the main parasites/parasitic diseases per fish species and affected organs
  • 2. General concepts about sampling and available diagnostic techniques
    • 2.1. Concepts on sampling
      • 2.1.1. Anamnesis and data recording
      • 2.1.2. Sample selection and sample size calculation
      • 2.1.3. Sample collection, preservation and transport
    • 2.2. Diagnostic methods for parasitic diseases
      • 2.2.1. Macro-, micro- and ultra-morphological techniques: gross morphology, fast techniques, microscope techniques, histopathology, hematology, electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, micro-CT
      • 2.2.2. Specific techniques for particular parasites and cases: immunohistochemistry, ELISA, specific stains, parasite culture and isolation
      • 2.2.3. Molecular diagnostic techniques: ISH, PCR, qPCR
      • 2.2.4. Tools for the future
  • 3. Main parasite groups and relevant species present in Mediterranean aquaculture: morphology, life cycle, pathology and disease diagnosis
    • 3.1. Ectoparasites
      • 3.1.1. Copepods and isopods: Ceratothoa oestroides, Laernanthropus kroyeri and Lernaea cyprinacea
      • 3.1.2. Monogeneans: Sparicotyle chrysophrii, Furnestinia echeneis, Diplectanum aequans, Gyrodactylus spp., Dactylogyrus spp. and Sciaenocotyle pancerii
      • 3.1.3. Ciliates: Ichthyophthiriusmultifiliis, Cryptocaryon irritans and Trichodinids
      • 3.1.4. Flagelates and dinoflagelates: Amyloodiniumocellatum andCryptobiaspp.
      • 3.1.5. Amoebae: Paramoebaperuransand Nodular Gill Disease (NGD)
      • 3.1.6. Others: Saprolegnia spp.
    • 3.2. Endoparasites
      • 3.2.1. Digeneans: Diplostomids, Aporocotylids
      • 3.2.2. Myxozoans: Sphaerospora spp., Enteromyxum spp., Tetracapsuloidesbryosalmonae, Myxoboluscerebralis, Kudoaspp., Thelohanelluskitauei andCeratomyxaspp.
      • 3.2.3. Microsporidians: Enterospora nucleophila, Tetramicra brevifilum, Glugea spp. and Loma spp.
      • 3.2.4. Apicomplexa: Eimeria spp., Goussia spp. and Cryptosporidium spp.
      • 3.2.5. Ciliates: Philasteridesdicentrarchi
      • 3.2.6. Amoebae: Endolimax spp.
      • 3.2.7. Others: Ichthyophonus spp.
  • 4. Wild fish parasites and foodborne zoonotic parasites
    • 4.1. Relationships between parasites in wild and farmed species
    • 4.2. Foodborne zoonotic helminths
      • 4.2.1. Nematodes: Anisakis spp. and Contracaecum spp.
      • 4.2.2. Cestodes: Diphyllobothriumlatum
      • 4.2.3. Trematodes: Opisthorchis felineus
  • 5. Practical work on parasitological examination and diagnostics
    • 5.1. Laboratory hands-on diagnostic procedures
    • 5.2. Identification of parasites based on biological materials
  • 6. Parasitic disease management. Examples based on different fish species and rearing systems
    • 6.1. Prevention
      • 6.1.1. General and specific husbandry measures
      • 6.1.2. Remediation and health booster nutritional strategies
      • 6.1.3. Parasitic cycle firewalls
    • 6.2. Treatments
      • 6.2.1. Available medicines and chemicals
      • 6.2.2. Delivery systems, dosages and recommendations
      • 6.2.3. Safety and potential risks (for humans, environment, fish)
    • 6.3. Tools for the future: vaccines, cleaner fish, natural predators/pathogens, new drugs and delivery systems
    • 6.4. Integrated biosecurity and risk assessment
    • 6.5. Discussion
  • 7. Disease impact assessment under different farming conditions
    • 7.1. Measurements of disease: prevalence, incidence, mortality and case fatality rate
    • 7.2. Assessment of risk factors related with farming condition (fish age/weight, seasonality, location, health status): design and analysis of field trials and observational studies, interpretation of risk estimators.
  • 8. Practical group work based on case studies to integrate and apply the concepts to design and implement health management strategies under different scenarios.
    • 8.1. Presentation of the cases
    • 8.2. Tutored work sessions
    • 8.3. Presentation of results and discussion

Train at an outstanding international institution


The course is designed for 25 participants with a university degree. It is intended for professionals within the aquaculture industry and public institutions involved in aquatic animal health management and inspection. The course is also open to technical consultants and researchers involved in fish parasite diagnosis and control in aquaculture production.

The course will be held at IAMZ-CIHEAM in Zaragoza from 21-25 October 2019, in morning and afternoon sessions.
Application deadlines:
8 July 2019 - The deadline may be extended for candidates not requiring a visa and not applying for a grant if there are free places available.
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Registration fees for the course amount to 500 euro. This sum covers tuition fees only.
Candidates from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) may apply for scholarships covering registration fees, and for scholarships covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation in the Hall of Residence on the Aula Dei Campus. Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organisation, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

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  Av. MontaƱana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

 +34 976716000

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