Our aim is to facilitate for and develop solutions for responsible use of antibiotics in seafood production. Antibiotic stewardship in farming is critical to preserve the efficacy of these essential drugs for human and animal health, and also for minimizing risks for people and the environment. Good stewardship is also critical for the reputation of the aquaculture sector, which recently has come under scrutiny following examples of poor practice. SeaBOS should take the lead in the development towards a transparent and responsible aquaculture sector. We are working with industry, academia, and relevant associations to develop science-based solutions for a broad range of aquaculture systems – enabling a Code of Conduct of responsible antibiotic use. When implemented this will reduce use and improve controls on antibiotic stewardship in seafood production. We particularly focus on the reduction and ultimately elimination of the use of antibiotics that are classed as critically important to human health and as such should not be used for animal or seafood treatments. The goal is to help avoid 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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Cargill Animal Health and Nutrition, Sustainability Program Lead
Contributing to the elimination of IUU fishing and forced labour in seafood production, and mitigating the impacts on endangered species.
Healthy ocean ecosystems and rich biodiversity are vital components of ocean stewardship. This Task Force focuses on developing practices that minimize impacts of seafood production on endangered species, and to develop solutions that enhance marine ecosystems.
To work with governments towards sustainable seafood production, as well as mechanisms to reduce antibiotics in aquaculture.
To identify global solutions to the impacts of climate change on sustainable seafood production, as well as the ability of seafood production for humanity, along with a healthy ocean, to play a role in the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change impacts.