Food Loss and Waste in Fish Value Chains
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Services and Infrastructure for Misuse of Veterinary Drugs

Important services and infrastructure associated with aquaculture which assist in minimising risks associated with the misuse of veterinary drugs and other contaminants include veterinary and extension services as well as analytical laboratories.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services are vital for enabling farmers to use drugs and chemicals safety. Farmers should work with veterinary health professionals to apply general provisions to identify fish health-related risks. When health-related events occur, farmers should have a specific contact person in the veterinary health profession that is used to assist in remedying health-related events. Farmers should have the option to hire a veterinary health professional or use a trusted outside source.

Vets have a significant role in demonstrating that high standards of fish health can be effectively maintained, in an environmentally friendly manner, to overcome such fears and allow the industry to grow sustainably to meet the ever-increasing demand for farmed fish.

Extension Services

Extension Services

Extension services play an important coordination as well as capacity building role. They are the point of contact in terms of health issues and should be capable of providing expert advice on how to remedy disease events.

Laboratories

Laboratories

Farmers require access to good laboratory services. For example, farmers are encouraged to periodically test accuracy and precisions of their on-farm methods by sending replicates of samples to laboratories for analysis.

Key Publications

Better Management Practices for Tilapia Aquaculture

This document seeks to provide better management practices to producers to aid in efforts to seek compliance to the International Standards for Responsible Tilapia Aquaculture.

Vets and aquaculture: an evolving relationship

Describes the growth of aquaculture and the evolving relationship between the industry and the veterinary profession.                                                                                                                                                                   

      

   

   

More Resources

More Resources

EUMOFA
01 January 2019
Included is a consolidated database of aggregated and harmonised data and a large network of experts in fisheries and aquaculture which represent the backbone of the market intelligence services.
Describes the growth of aquaculture and the evolving relationship between the industry and the veterinary profession. 
Codes of practice and guidelines designed to help meet standards and comply with legislation (e.g. the Codex Alimentarius Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products).