Aquatic Testing

The AAHL Fish Diseases Laboratory (AFDL) specialises in research and diagnosis of diseases of aquatic animals, including finfish, molluscs and crustaceans with an emphasis on exotic (foreign) and newly emerging diseases.
AFDL has seven major roles:

  • disease diagnosis and the identification of infectious agents (pathogens)
  • research on diseases of aquatic animals
  • development of diagnostic tests for exotic and emerging diseases
  • export certification testing and health surveillance
  • training and technology transfer
  • provision of advice to Australian State and Commonwealth Government agencies and industry.

Services Available

  • cell culture
  • virus isolation and identification
  • confirmation of bacterial pathogen identification
  • mollusc pathogen identification
  • histopathology (including immunohistochemistry)
  • electron microscopy (including immunoelectron microscopy)

AFDL's capabilities include a range of molecular assays such as:

  • immunoassays including enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), immunocytochemistry, western blot, dot blot
  • polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • DNA hybridization in situ
  • real-time PCR (qPCR)
  • nucleic acid sequencing.

AFDL Commercial Charges


The AFDL is accredited by the:

  • National Association of Testing Authorities
  • United States government for export certification testing
  • United Kingdom government for export certification testing.
  • All samples should be accompanied by a completed Submission Form

For information on submitting samples, please contact afdl@csiro.au, Tel +61 3 5227 5118

General Enquiries

AAHL Reception

Phone + 61 3 5227 5007
Email aahl.reception@csiro.au

Address Address:
5 Portarlington Rd
East Geelong
VIC 3219 Australia

AAHL Accessions

Phone + 61 3 5227 5414
Email aahl-accessions@csiro.au

Address Address:
Private Bag 24
Geelong
VIC 3220 Australia
Specimen Deliveries:
Australian Animal Health Laboratory
Attn: Specimen Reception
5 Portarlington Rd
East Geelong
VIC 3219 Australia