Ouraim is todevelop solutionsfor responsible use of antibioticstogether with the SeaBOScompanies. This is within the broader remit of Task Force III to, where possible, interact with governments on key threats to sustainable seafood and ocean health, such as promoting regulations needed to deal with climate change impacts on seafood at national, international, and multi-national levels. In addition, the Task Force aimsto work more broadly with governments to improve the knowledge and understanding surrounding the health, climate, and societal benefits of sustainable seafood production.
Antibiotic stewardshipin farming is critical to preserve the efficacy of these essential drugs for human and animal health. Good stewardship is also critical for the reputation of the aquaculture sector, which recently has come under scrutiny following examples of poor practice. We are working with industry, academia, and relevant associations to develop science-based solutions for a broad range of aquaculture systems which will reduce use and improve controls on antibiotic stewardship in seafood production. The goal is to helpavoid negative impacts on human and animal health and wellbeing which will arise through antimicrobial resistance if certain practices continue
Together with biotech company Benchmark Animal Health, Cermaq
works to develop a vaccine against salmon diseases caused by the Tenacibaculum bacteria. A preventative vaccine for these diseases would provide huge benefit for a sustainable development of the aquaculture industry.
Cargill´s aqua nutrition business is working to reduce the risk of AMR in its supply chains through a number of measures. Antibiotics are only added to Cargill´s aqua nutrition feeds on receipt of a veterinary prescription, detailing the product, dose and quantity of feed required. Only antibiotics listed as not critically important for human health are used. Since 2015, the company has reduced the total level of active ingredients by 80 percent.
To address the use of antibiotics in the aquaculture industry in Vietnam, Skretting developed a project aimed at creating more awareness on the responsible use of antibiotics and on AMR. This included training on responsible use and how to farm shrimp without antibiotics, development of AMR videos together with ShrimpTech Vietnam, and a medicine calculator app to provide appropriate dosing recommendations.
Work towards reducing the use of antibiotics in aquaculture.
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Contributing to the elimination of IUU fishing and forced labour in seafood production, and mitigating the impacts on endangered species.
To promote and illustrate the leadership taken by SeaBOS in leading the global transformation towards sustainable seafood production, and improving ocean health.
To work with governments towards sustainable seafood production, as well as mechanisms to reduce antibiotics in aquaculture.
To develop clear governance, staffing and funding mechanisms, as well as monitoring and tracking of progress, transparency of reporting by SeaBOS members.
To identify ways to improve ocean health through removal and prevention of plastics into the marine environment as well as re-use, recycling and alternative materials.