Through its field force, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provides agricultural producers with a broad range of cooperative programs for protecting the health of animals and plants. Aquaculture, the managed production of aquatic animals and plants, continues to grow as a major agribusiness enterprise. APHIS programs such as Veterinary Services (VS) and Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) serve important functions for the protection of aquatic animal and plant health, respectively.
Information on diseases that pose a significant threat to commercial aquaculture industry sectors in the U.S.
APHIS VS, in collaboration with the National Aquaculture Association (NAA), has developed commercial aquaculture health program standards (CAHPS). These voluntary standards follow 5 principles to ensure aquatic animal health for commercial aquaculture.
APHIS VS, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA NMFS), leads the National Aquatic Animal Health Plan.