Project workshops 19 – 21 March, 2018 at Solace Hotel, Puerto Varas

Workshops for Industry and Research groups in Puerto Varas, 19 to 21 March, 2018

Ausvet is pleased to invite you to an industry and scientific workshop on integrated epidemiological studies of SRS and Caligus to take place in Puerto Varas on March 19 – 21, 2018. This workshop is part of a series of activities to enable industry and research partners to participate actively and help guide the research.  We look forward to learning from you, hearing your ideas and keeping you up to date on our progress.

The workshops are free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Andrea Merino ( to confirm your attendance before 7 March, 2018.

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Workshop Objectives

Three one-day workshops will be held over three consecutive days, each with different objectives. Each day focuses on a different topic and is targeted a different audience, but everybody is welcome to participate in all or any of the workshops.

Day 1: Monday 19 March
Analysis of Sernapesca regulatory data

Theme:Results of analysis of SIFA and INFA data
Priorities for future analysis
Target participants:Fish health and production managers,
Lead facilitators:Jonathan Happold, 
Emma Zalcman

This workshop targets company fish health and production managers, and Sernapesca. The objectives are:

  • Present results of SIFA and INFA data analysis to identify risk factors for SRS and Caligus
  • Identify hypotheses based on the data analysis, as well as other analyses and experience to be tested in the analysis of industry data using the Research Platform
  • Discuss prioritisation of detailed evaluation of three different interventions

Day 2: Tuesday 20 March
Research platform

Theme:Research Platform
Target participants:Fish health, production and data managers
Lead facilitators:Angus Cameron
Catriona Mackenzie

This day targets staff involved in the use and management of company data, including health and production managers as well as technical staff. The objectives are:

  • Provide an update on the implementation of the Research Platform
  • Introduce the web site for the Plataforma Integrada de Investigación Sanitaria para la Acuicultura Chilena (PIISAC):
  • Discuss initial rules on data access, use and reporting

Day 3: Wednesday 21 March
Epidemiological studies

Theme:Epidemiological analysis methodology
Opportunities for use of the Research Platform
Research priorities
Target participants:Epidemiologists and other researchers
Lead facilitators:Jonathan Happold
Emma Zalcman
Angus Cameron

This day targets epidemiologists and other researchers from within and outside the FIE program. The objectives are:

  • Review methodology for analysis of SIFA and INFA data and plan methodology for analysis of industry data
  • Discuss hypotheses for risk factors for SRS and Caligus
  • Introduce Research Platform and discuss future use by other researchers
  • Discuss prioritisation of detailed evaluation of three different interventions


This site represents ongoing work for the the ‘Integrated Epidemiological Studies on SRS and Caligus’ project.

The site has been established to support the research platform for Chilean aquaculture, within the framework of an FIE project coordinated by Sernapesca, and implemented by Ausvet with the collaboration of industry, universities and the government and the private sector.

The website has two sections:

  • the public site you’re seeing now
  • a secure site with data and analysis

Both sites are still in development, but updates will be provided regularly on this page as they become available.

The project commenced in December 2017 and aims to improve understanding of two important diseases that threaten the health of farmed salmon in Chile: SRS and Caligidosis. The project will build on past work conducted in Chile and around the world and create solutions with long-term benefits.

The Integrated Epidemiological Studies on SRS and Caligus project is led by Ausvet, an Australian-based consulting company with a global reputation in epidemiology and animal health. Ausvet has worked in over 50 countries to improve the health of animals and the profitability of animal industries, including in aquaculture. Ausvet are committed to building effective partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and will visit Chile frequently throughout 2018.

In partnership, Ausvet will create an environment where knowledge and data can be used for powerful epidemiological studies. Outputs of the research are expected to provide insights that will help to improve the health of farmed salmon in Chile. In doing so, we hope to improve the profitability and sustainability of the salmon industry.

This website will be one of several ways that we will keep stakeholders informed about project activities, findings and outcomes. In addition, we look forward to talking with stakeholders in meetings and workshops, learning from you, hearing your ideas and keeping you up to date as the project progresses.

We are excited about this opportunity to provide long-term benefits to the Chilean salmon industry and look forward to working with you in 2018.