FISH PARASITES

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Protozoan and metazoan parasites frequently infect edible fish all over the world. Some of these fish parasites have a zoonotic potential with an acknowledged impact on public health. in addition, the ability of certain parasites to infest man is unsure and needs to be investigated. In spite of these facts, parasited fish is quite often found on sale in Europe. Moreover, some parasites cause organoleptic spoilage in fish or its by-products, thereby having a negative effect upon the fishing industry. It is for these reasons that this project targets fish parasites which affect either consumers' health (Anisakidae, Diphyllobothriidae, Cryptosporidium) or the quality of the products marketed.
It proposes a re-assessment of the risks attributed to fish parasites, by developing innovative methods with a good cost-efficiency ratio in order to detect Eukaryotic pathogens in edible fish, in conjunction with the setting up of suitable professional continuing education programmes. The multi-disciplinary work programme includes:
(i) identification of the parasites detected in the most commonly consumed fish in Europe,
(ii) investigation of the potentially structuring role of different factors on parasite populations,
(iii)the provision of online detection strategies for detecting parasites in fish fillets ,
(iv) investigation of the involvement of parasites in the spoilage of fishing products put onto the market,
(v) setting up a scientific platform for the identification of fish parasites,
(vi) development of a continuing education programme.

This project was labelised by the AQUIMER pole of Competitiveness on the 23rd April, 2009 and the Nutrition Health Longevity pole of Competitiveness.

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