The Aquatic Animal Health & Quality Testing Laboratory (AAH&QTL) was established in 2019 by NFDB under Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying Government of India. Laboratory was inaugurated by Shri Giriraj Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry& Dairying, Government of India on 07th September, 2019. AAH&QTL is soundly equipped with contemporary, advanced and comprehensive facilities to offer services including disease diagnostic and residues testing in crustaceans, fin-fishes & other aquatic animals meant for national and international trade. Further, it hosts facilities for water, soil and feed quality analysis.


Develop and maintain up-to-date aquatic animal health management strategy to support the sustainable development and management of the aquaculture sector, meet growing consumer demands for aquatic foods and products that are of high quality, safe and are produced in an environmentally responsible manner with maximum opportunity for profitability in all stages of the aquaculture product chain.


  • Molecular Disease Diagnostics Division envisions to screen the Aquatic Animal pathogens and Coordinate with the National Surveillance Program for monitoring and screening of aquaculture related fin-fish & shellfish diseases. AAH&QTL provides technical expertise to farmers in the aspects of disease diagnostics and quality control.
  • Microbiological assessment of samples which include fin fish/ shell fish, water, feed & soil thus enhancing the quality output of the aquaculture products. Implementing/coordinating/promotion of awareness on Best Management Practices and Standard Operating Procedures for controlling the emerging and common fin fish/shellfish diseases in aquaculture sector.
  • Residual analytical lab provides monitoring of fin fish/shellfish, seed and feed samples drawn from aqua culture farms, feed mills, hatcheries and processing establishments.
  • Feed, Water & Soil testing division offers analysis of wide range of parameters to the farmers and stakeholders in turn improving the quality of the aquaculture products.
  • To rapidly detect new and exotic infectious disease in aquatic animal animals.


Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (MDL):
  • Qualitative/Nested PCR
  • RT-PCR
  • DNA Barcoding
  • Sequencing
Microbiology Laboratory:
  • Microbial Identification (Bacteria, Fungal, Mold, Protozoa)
  • Aerobic and anaerobic plate count
  • Microbial Analysis of water
  • Antibiotic susceptibility and minimum inhibition concentration analysis
Residual Testing Laboratory:
  • Tetracyclines and epimers
  • Aflatoxins
  • Sulphadizene
  • Oxalic acid and Nadilic acid
  • Heavy metal (Cd, Pb, Hg, As)
Feed, Water & Soil quality testing Laboratory:
  • Proximate analysis (Moisture, crude fat, crude protein, crude fiber, ash)
  • Soil and Water Quality parameters (pH, temperature, salinity, turbidity, etc.)
  • Mineral & Nutrient profiling.

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