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 coordination.
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 has an obligation to be actively involved in contributing to positive change toward collaboration and cooperation on aquatic ecosystem health.