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Chile Encourages Zero Antibiotic, Antiparasitic Use with New Certification

CHILE - The National Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sernapesca) has launched a new certification for marine fish farms that prove their status as free from the use of antimicrobials and antiparasitic treatments throughout the production cycle.

Alicia Gallardo, Deputy Director of Aquaculture Sernapesca, explained that this certification arises due to the interest of companies to demonstrate that that they have not used these types of medication.

"We hope that with this certification companies will be motivated to avoid the use of these treatments during the production cycle," Ms Gallardo said.

The first two centers to be accredited belong to Nova Austral, located in Magallanes region.

This area is currently free from Piscirickettsiosis - a bacterial disease that justifies the 94 per cent of antimicrobials used by the industry.

In regards to this, Sernapesca is developing a special health programme for Magallanes in order to maintain its current good health status.

Farms interested in the certification can download the procedure here.

Lucy Towers

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