The Department of Fisheries Health was established in 1998 within the Fisheries Central Research Institute with the support of the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). Fish diseases laboratory has been actively working since 2000. In the beginning, activities such as researching the disease problems occurring in the projects carried out only within the Institute and developing diagnosis and treatment techniques were carried out in the department, over time, it started to provide diagnosis-treatment and research services to the existing private enterprises in the region. Our department's laboratories are equipped with devices and equipment that can conduct basic research on viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal diseases in fish.
5 TAGEM supported project have been completed so far and one TÜBİTAK supported project is continuing.
Within the department, 3 veterinarians, 1 Fisheries Technology Engineer, 1 specialist chemist, 1 biologist, 1 molecular biologist, 1 aquaculture engineer and 1 veterinary health technician are working.
- Infectious fish diseases research, epidemiological studies.
- Project studies are carried out on epidemiological studies on viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections in natural and farm-raised fish species with economic value.
- Serological analysis and tests (Direct and Indirect IFAT, Titration, Serum Neutralization, ELISA, Conventional biochemical and API test):
- Serological analysis and diagnostic techniques are used in the diagnosis of diseases caused by viral and bacterial factors and in the typing of factors.
- Molecular genetic diagnosis techniques for viral and bacterial agents (PCR, RT-PCR, Realtime PCR):
- Molecular genetic diagnosis techniques are used in the investigation and diagnosis of viral and bacterial diseases and in the typing of agents.
- Cell culture studies for virus diseases:
- Cell culture (RTG-2, FHM, BF-2 and EPC cell lines) studies are carried out for the isolation of viruses that cause disease in fish.
- Experimental infection tests with bacteria and virus strains isolated as a result of the disease,
- Drug sensitivity tests are performed.