Lab Seminar - Spatial Management of Disease in Aquaculture
Thomas (TJ) updated his research on disease control in aquaculture. Disease plays a critical role in the productivity of agricultural systems. In a spatially connected environment, failure to prevent disease transmission between production sites or firms can lead to costly production externalities. In Chile's aquaculture industry, salmon farmers must contend with pathogens that are transmissible over long distances via current and tidal flow. In response, policymakers have developed a system of spatial management units to force cooperation between rival firms. In this talk, TJ presents some early-stage work evaluating the extent to which this management program is effective at protecting firms against disease transmission.