The Aquatic Animals Health Standards Commission, of the Office International des Épizooties (OIE), is setting up an expert group on improving surveillance of stocks for fish disease outbreaks.

The committee is to make recommendations to the next Commission meeting in March, probably in Paris, France. Meanwhile, this meeting is expected to discuss detailed proposals for improving the standard of transporting finfish by land and water and also regarding the slaughter of finfish. The meeting is also to debate new research on antimicrobial resistance.

The Commission is also drafting new guidelines on the safe disposal of farmed fish waste and carcasses.