Norwegian Aquaculture Reports Lowest Antibiotic Use Since 1970’s

Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

NorwayNorway has reported its lowest yearly antibiotic use in aquaculture since the late 1970’s. However, it has seen increases in viral diseases over the last few years.

The 2014 Fish Health Report from the Veterinary Institute shows that diseases caused by bacteria are under good control in the Norwegian fish farming, said Atle Lillehaug, researcher and project manager at the National Veterinary Institute in Oslo.

Atle Lillehaug is author of the chapter on risk of infection in 2014 Fish Health Report. This chapter was introduced as an extension of the annual fish health report in 2012, and is now ready with updated assessments of last year under the title “Changes in infection”.

In the chapter, emphasis is placed on describing key changes in the disease picture for farmed fish along with other factors that may contribute to the risk of infection.

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