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British Columbia Fish Farming and Antibiotics

Antibiotics are rarely used and, if required, are only available through prescription by a licensed veterinarian for the purpose of managing bacterial illnesses in fish.

B.C. salmon farmers are dedicated to raising healthy fish in a healthy environment. These farmers apply the best in current standards and practices, which includes using preventative vaccinations, consistent diagnostic testing and regular fish health examinations by trained fish health professionals and licensed veterinarians.

Ongoing monitoring and research is key to the health and survival of both wild and farm-raised fish.

B.C. salmon farmers stringently monitor and test their fish, and take great pride in raising healthy fish by keeping the environment in good condition for all species.

Regular sampling by government, companies and independent third parties ensure a very clear picture of the health of B.C farm-raised salmon.

An average of 90% of salmon survive through to harvest. This shows a consistently healthy population that is unstressed and well cared for.

Antibiotics are an important part of animal and human welfare

The use of antibiotics in farming, for examples cattle farming and fish farming.

Cattle may be exposed to different kinds of diseases throughout their lifetime. Cattle, like most living things, are not naturally immune to some illnesses and must receive vaccinations in order to develop a resistance. Feedlot operators consult with specialized feedlot veterinarians to develop animal health protocols that best serve their feedlot.

Antibiotics are one type of antimicrobial or medications that fight bacterial infections in both humans and animals. Antimicrobials made for cattle are used to help an animal regain or maintain superior health and produce safe beef.

In aquaculture.

Antibiotics are rarely used and, if required, are only available through prescription by a licensed veterinarian for the purpose of managing bacterial illnesses in fish.

Over the past two decades B.C. salmon farmers have significantly reduced their use of antibiotics and continue to manage the health of fish stocks responsibly, with as little antibiotic use as possible, while working toward the elimination of its use in the future.

As a whole, the aquaculture industry in B.C. continually strives to set a high standard for antibiotic reporting.

 

 

Related Links:

Salmon farmers push for Federal Aquaculture Act

A common vision to protect wild salmon

Around the Web:

The cattle site

Fish Health

 

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