FVG & Friends: Risk Management

A flagship knowledge transfer event examining practical risk mitigation strategies. The lessons learnt and approaches used to reduce impact and the probability of occurrence.

Date and Time: Wednesday 5 October 2016 | 9.30 -15.30

Location: Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street Portland, ME 04101

Free of charge.

Lunch provided.

Register now, to avoid disappointment. 


Brent Whitaker M.S., D.V.M.

Senior Vice President/ Chief Science Officer, National Aquarium, Baltimore

Risk-management in a Modern Day Aquarium

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The National Aquarium hosts over 1.3 million visitors a year, housing 20,000 animals representing over 500 species of fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals from around the world. Success is dependent on the ability to acquire and care for these animals. Having the necessary technology and environments to maintain and display them is not fool-proof. Recognizing a “normal” animal v’s an “abnormal” one may not be easy with species not previously kept. 

This presentation will examine the importance of team collaboration, quarantine protocols and external partnerships. We will discuss risk-management in a modern day aquarium that is committed to being a conservation organization while providing its animals with the best welfare possible. 

Megan Finley D.V.M.

Veterinarian, FishVet Group

Evidence Based Decisions for Biosecurity

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Biosecurity is an important tool for minimizing the risk of disease within a zebrafish facility. Identifying the critical control points where disease can enter the facility and developing appropriate disease mitigation strategies to prevent pathogen spread is key to a good biosecurity plan. This presentation will examine disease prevalence within a facility with several subpopulations and discuss strategies to optimize disease surveillance. An evidence-based framework will then be employed to develop a facility biosecurity plan. These approaches will help improve disease prevention and provide guidance for future management decisions. 

Steven Backman D.V.M.

Veterinarian, Skretting

The Role of Feed in Facility Operation and Biosecurity

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Skretting has implemented quality assurances and controls in order to minimise the clients’ exposure to risks.  A global feed-to-food quality and safety system ensures consistency throughout the production process, from raw materials to final feed solutions.  Raw materials are monitored according to a targeted list of undesirable substances and each ingredient follows an approved analytical procedure.  In this presentation, I will describe how such quality control and formulation measures from a feed supplier is capable to mitigate risk and provide consistent results in a zebrafish facility.

Brendan C. Delbos MSc

Eastern Region Sales and Technical Support, Aquaneering, Inc

Managing Risks through System Design and Operation

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As researchers have turned to zebrafish for their studies, there has been a need for the creation of engineered housing systems. However, as systems become more complex, the risk of failure increases.  In order to minimize the chances of failure, facility personnel must understand the potential risks of their housing systems and employ management strategies that will insure success.

During this presentation we will discuss potential risks associated with system design and operation and will work through examples of how to apply HACCP principles to your facility to minimize the chances of a system failure.

Open Forum Discussion

Moderated by Christian Lawrence Aquatic Resources Program, Boston Children’s Hospital

The workshop will close with the opportunity for attendees to share their experiences and views of risk management. Our speakers will also welcome any questions. 

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