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Government Warns Fish Farmers About Antibiotic Use

Lucy Towers
08 May 2014, at 1:00am

PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned fish cage and fish pond operators against feeding fish stocks with antibiotics to hasten their growth.

Dr Evelyn C. Ame, Chief of the Fisheries Resources Management Division revealed that there were fish farmers particularly in Buguey town using antibiotics as fish growth booster.

The use of antibiotics, according to Ame, poses danger to humans who consume the fish because it remains in the system of the fish.

“As consumers, we are at risk because based on conducted studies, antibiotics is cancer-causing agent," Ame bared.

She likewise advised fish cages and fishpond operators to observe proper stocking and feeding and should clean net cages after harvest.

To intensify the campaign, BFAR is set to conduct training on Good Aquaculture Practices to fish farmers as part of this year's Farmers and Fisherfolk Month celebration.