The AVMA recognizes the pressing need for effective actions, based on sound science and coordinated among all relevant stakeholders, to ensure the future health of aquatic animals and the ecosystems that support them. The AVMA believes that veterinarians, with their education and experience in the application of science in the field of integrated health management, can and should play a pivotal role in addressing this need. The recommended actions are grouped under the three general areas of sustainability, education and involvement.
The AVMA supports resource conservation and utilization that minimizes negative impacts on the health of aquatic animals and the ecosystems that support them.
Actions needed are:
The veterinary profession should actively collaborate and cooperate with stakeholders, including federal, state, regional, and municipal agencies on optimal aquatic animal and ecosystem health.