Reduce the amount of antibiotics used in aquaculture systems
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Antibiotics are used in aquaculture to reduce or eliminate harmful bacteria. However, some antibiotics have been shown to accumulate and persist in aquatic environments, with potential negative effects on marine and freshwater mammals. The risks associated with the use of antibiotics may be reduced by applying them in smaller doses, less frequently or across a smaller area. In addition, research has shown that alternatives to antibiotics can be used successfully in aquaculture (Defoirdt et al. 2011).
Defoirdt T., Sorgeloos P. & Bossier P. (2011) Alternatives to antibiotics for the control of bacterial disease in aquaculture. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 14, 251–258.