The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership is a fish medicine research and development program.
This small team of research professionals contribute thousands of hours in the lab and field to make sure that fisheries managers across the country have access to a well-stocked fish medicine chest. The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership program is part of the Fish and Aquatic Conservation’s fish health work and is the only program in the United States singularly dedicated to obtaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of new medications needed for use in fish culture and fisheries management.
Safe and effective medications improve the health of aquatic animals.
When fisheries professionals have more options for medications, they are better equipped to rear healthy fish, manage healthy aquatic populations, and maintain a healthy environment.
Since the late 1990’s, the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership has contributed to the majority of new fish medications approved by the FDA. Ultimately, this work allows fisheries professionals to more effectively and efficiently rear and manage a variety of fish species to meet production goals, stock healthy fish, and maintain a healthy environment. Since 1999 the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership’s National Investigational New Animal Drug Program has:
- Conducted 13,000 studies to ensure medications are safe to aquatic animals.
- Treated 1.5 billion aquatic animals.
- Saved 50 million fish each year for restoration, recovery, recreation, or the dinner table.
Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership programs work to:
- Oversee the National Investigational New Animal Drug Program.
- Work with sponsors towards new animal drug approvals.
- Maintain an applied research program.
The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership’s Outreach Program provides the U.S. aquaculture community with up-to-date information on the status, availability, and use guidance of aquatic animal medications. This ensures they are safe, effective, and legal when used in aquaculture and fisheries management.
The 30th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop
Hosted by the USFWS AADAP Program, the 30th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop will take place in Bozeman, MT from July 22nd- 25th, 2024. For those that are unable to join us in-person this year, we are providing the option to tune in to the Workshop remotely. Topics to be discussed include aquaculture drug approval research and the progress of associated efforts. Please contact Julie Schroeter with any workshop-related questions. Read more about the 30th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop.