PatoGen's new water analysis service includes a step-by-step guide to enable fish farmers to filter samples before they are sent to the company's labs.

PatoGen launches water analysis service


Aquaculture diagnostics company PatoGen has launched Water Screening, a water analysis service that enables fish farmers to have water examined for specific pathogens that can affect the health of their stock if they are present in the water.

“Lately we have experienced an increased focus on the infection status in water and water sources, with requests from several of our customers to see if we can check their water for pathogens,” PatoGen stated in a press release.

“As a result of this we now can offer Water Screening.”

The Norwegian company has a Scottish branch at the European Marine Science Park at Dunbeg, Oban, and an Irish branch in Kinvarra, County Galway.

Risk periods

It says that by keeping an overview of the infection status in water, fish farmers can more easily identify risk periods and time before a possible disease outbreak.

Through regular monitoring the farmers can also identify trends and developments in the water, and how this possibly affects the fish at their site.

Both could contribute to a more proactive operation and better conditions for the fish.

Water samples are easy to take and do not involve any handling of the fish, said PatoGen.

“For the best results we recommend that you filter the samples at your site before submitting them to our lab, said the company, which has created a sampling guide (see illustration) and will supply filtration equipment.