Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, Oregon Sea Grant's Aquatic Animal Health specialist, explores collaborative efforts with industry around the globe. Recent activities include:
Dr. Miller-Morgan has traveled with a local koi importer to Japan several times in the past few years, most recently in November 2011. The purpose of these trips is to gain an understanding of the Japanese koi industry -- the birthplace of koi keeping -- and the health management strategies utilized within the industry.
In May 2011, Dr. Miller-Morgan traveled with a local koi retailer to Singapore to attend Aquarama, which is one of the largest ornamental fish trade shows in the world. While there he also attended the annual general meeting of Ornamental Fish International (the primary international trade organization for the industry), visited a number of ornamental fish farms and export facilities, and caught up with colleagues from around the world.
Dr. Miller-Morgan also visited ornamental fish farms in Malaysia, and helped collect wild fish in the jungle.
In January 2011, Dr. Miller-Morgan met with representatives from the ornamental fish industry in Israel to discuss mutual opportunities for developing improved industry training in fish health management, internship opportunities for Oregon State University and Oregon Coast Community College Aquarium Science students, and possible areas of research collaboration. Further, he visited a number of ornamental fish production facilities to gain a better understanding of their fish production processes and approaches to fish health management.
Previously, Dr. Miller-Morgan was invited to give a paper on koi herpes virus (KHV) educational outreach programs in the U.S. in February 2008 at the International Koi Herpes Virus Workshop in Caesarea, Israel. At that time he also visited five of the major koi and carp farming operations there.
Dr. Miller-Morgan was invited to present three papers at the Asia Pacific Aquaculture Conference in Kochin, India, which took place in January 2011:
While in India, Dr. Miller-Morgan also visited some beautiful fish farms. Read more and see photos on his blog. He will be returning to India in March 2012.
Dr. Miller-Morgan traveled to Indonesia in November 2005 to assess overall husbandry protocols, carry out fish health assessments of fish arriving at export facilities, make recommendations for improvements, and assess the potential for developing an in-country health management training program.