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Updated drug guide can steer fish farmers away from trouble

BOZEMAN, MT – In the last issue of Fish Farming News, I focused on the Fish Health Section Blue Book, which I described as the virtual bible of the fish health world.  This time, I’m going to discuss an equally important publication from the Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries Society – the 2014 update of the “Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics, and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture.”

SH-GetchellEvery fish farmer should be aware of this guide, which explains the proper use of drugs, biologics, and other chemicals and describes regulated products that are approved for use in US aquaculture.

The guide also outlines drugs not yet approved for use in the US that can be used under an Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) exemption and additionally lists drugs that are considered to be of low regulatory priority enforcement.

The Fish Culture Section established a Working Group on Aquaculture Drugs, Chemicals, and Biologics to develop the guide by facilitating communication and cooperation between public and private aquaculture interests, academic and agency researchers, and regulators.  All of those involved are addressing the needs and issues associated with the approval and use of aquatic animal drugs, biologics, and other regulated products in aquaculture.

In previous columns, I’ve mentioned the limited number of disease treatment options available to fish farmers and stressed that improper use of products can get you into trouble with the regulatory authorities or, more importantly, create pathogens resistant to the very treatments you depend on.

FFN_6_14-cover…read the rest and much, much more in Issue 6, 2014 of Fish Farming News. 

Download access instructions so that you can read the online flipbook AND download a pdf copy for future reference.

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