Welcome to the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society

The Fish Health Section (FHS) is one of the largest and most international sections of the American Fisheries Society. The FHS was formed in 1972 to give fish biologists, diagnosticians, researchers, aquaculturists, veterinarians, administrators, and others involved in fish health, an organization for communication and interaction.



Every four years, the American Fisheries Society – Fish Health Section expands its annual meeting by inviting international participation in the form of the ISAAH. Stemming from its inauguration as the ‘International Fish Health Conference’ in Vancouver, BC (1988), the ISAAH has developed into a much-anticipated gathering of international fish health professionals.  Visit the Official Conference Web Site



    The Proceedings of the April 2017   Joint Meeting of the AFS-FHS and the  GLFHPC are now available for           download (93 page pdf, 3.8 mB)



2017 FHS Election Results


Vice President:                                       Benjamin R. LaFrentz
Professional Standards Committee:    Mark Lawrence
Technical Standards Committee:          Mohamed Faisal
Nominating and Balloting Committee: G. Derek Gibbs

Laboratory Quality Assurance Program

The Standing Committee for Quality Assurance for the Fish Health Section (FHS) has designed a multi-tiered program for quality assurance and quality control in aquatic animal laboratories. This program is designed for the many small-medium sized laboratories which don't have the resources to become accredited with more expensive/onerous programs, while still raising the quality and credibility of laboratory diagnostic/inspection services throughout North America. The program can be accomplished over time as resources become available, and is totally voluntary. See the new link to the left. 


New Information for the Western Fish Disease Workshop

June 20-22,  2017



 The New 2016 Book is Here and Free Online

New VEN, VER, and EIBS Chapters Explain These Confusing Diseases

Picture: The retina of a severely infected Australian Bass, from the new 2016 Diagnostic Chapter: "2.2.14 Viral Encephalopathy and Retinopathy" by Stewart C. Johnson and Diana Jaramillo.

The Blue Book includes three sections:  Diagnostic Methods, Procedures for Aquatic Animal Health Inspections, and Quality Assurance. All three sections of the NEW 2016 Blue Book are, available ABSOLUTELY FREE by clicking on the Blue Book tab at the left of this page. The Blue Book is no longer for sale on DVD through the AFS.