Aquatic Health Program


Pathogens & Diseases

Mostly unknown and poorly defined, aquatic diseases present a major health concern for wild fish populations worldwide.


The ATL focuses on research activities that measure the adverse impacts of chemical and physical stressors on aquatic organisms, and that identify dominant stressors. Many chemical and physical stressors affect the health of aquatic ecosystems.

Aquatic Health Program

Welcome to the Aquatic Health Program website. 

Mission Statement:

The Aquatic Heath Program (AHP) strives to promote and protect the well-being of all aquatic species and their environments by investigating the behavioral, anatomical, and physiological components of individual organisms and applying them to the ecosystem scale.

Vision Statement:

AHP is a multidisciplinary unit that is dedicated to improving the lives of all aquatic species through integrating research, educational outreach, and service programs of the highest quality.

AHP Objectives are to: 

  • Establish high throughput, practical, and cost-effective systems for screening the effects of contaminant and contaminant mixtures specific to aquatic organisms. 
  • Educate researchers, veterinarians, and graduate students in aquatic organism health, comparative pathology, pharmacology, and ecotoxicology. 
  • Provide training for selected undergraduates in conventional aquatic toxicology and provide outreach experiences for regional high school students. 
  • Collaborate with private sectors, interagency programs, regional, state and federal stakeholders as well as other research and educational institutions to improve the health of aquatic species and their environments. 
  • Initiate meetings with citizen stakeholder groups on environmental issues and hold forums for interactive discussions on environmental policies concerning watershed quality and management.
  • Deliver oral presentations, written reports, and peer-reviewed publications on completed projects for use in the management and protection of threatened and endangered species.