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Hijran Yavuzcan Yildiz, Vladimir Radosavljevic, Giuliana Parisi, and Aleksandar Cvetkovikj

Abstract Increased public interest in aquaponics necessitates a greater need to monitor fish health to minimize risk of infectious and non-infectious disease outbreaks which result from problematic biosecurity. Fish losses due to health and disease, as well as reporting of poor management practices and quality in produce, which could in a worst-case scenario affect human health, can lead to serious economic and reputational vulnerability for the aquaponics industry. The complexity of aquaponic systems prevents using many antimicrobial/antiparasitic agents or disinfectants to eradicate diseases or parasites. In this chapter, we provide an overview of potential hazards in terms of risks related to aquatic animal health and describe preventive approaches specific to aquaponic systems.

Keywords Aquaponics · Fish health · Biosecurity · Treatment strategies


H. Yavuzcan Yildiz

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

V. Radosavljevic

Department of Fish Diseases, National Reference Laboratory for Fish Diseases, Institute of Veterinary Medicine of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia

G. Parisi

Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI), Animal Science Section, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

A. Cvetkovikj

Department of Parasitology and Parasitic diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Department of Fisheries, Institute of Animal Science, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

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