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Salmon sector halves antibiotic use

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 12, 2020
The use of antibiotics in the global salmon sector has halved over the course of the last seven years, due to improvements in antibiotics stewardship, disease control and fish welfare, according to a new report.
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The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has published its annual sustainability report today, providing seven years of data across 15 key indicators – 10 environmental and five social – for over half of the world’s farmed salmon.

Topics: Salmon

GSI currently has 14 members - with operations in Australia, Canada, Chile, Faroe Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom - and was formed in 2013 in a bid to improve the transparency and sustainability of global salmon production.

Over 710,000 tonnes of GSI members' farmed salmon was sold as Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified, representing almost 65 percent of GSI members’ total production, in 2019. While 74 more farms are currently under assessment as the GSI member companies bid to fulfill their pledge to achieve 100 percent certification.

A 50 percent decrease in the use of sea lice medicines, and a 130 percent increase in non-medicinal approaches, since 2013.

Continuing efforts to accelerate availability and uptake of alternative responsible feed ingredients, such as novel oils (algae and canola crops) and fish by-products, are supporting a growing industry to reduce its dependence on marine ingredients.

When compared with other animal proteins, farmed salmon represents an environmentally conscious choice, with a lower carbon footprint, requiring less land, and more efficient use of feed resources.