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Use of antimicrobial agents in aquaculture

Author(s) : Y.H. Park, S.Y. Hwang, M.K. Hong & K.H. Kwon

Summary :

The aquaculture industry has grown dramatically, and plays an important role in the world’s food supply chain. Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria associated with food animals receives much attention, and drug use in aquaculture is also an important issue. There are many differences between aquatic and terrestrial management systems, such as the methods used for administration of drugs. Unique problems are related to the application of drugs in aquatic environments. Residual drugs in fish products can affect people who consume them, and antimicrobials released into aquatic environments can select for resistant bacteria. Moreover, these antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, or their resistance genes, can be transferred to humans. To decrease the risks associated with the use of antimicrobials, various regulations have been developed.
 
Keywords
Antimicrobial – Antimicrobial resistance – Antimicrobial-resistant bacteria – Aquaculture – Aquaculture industry – Culture system – Drug administration – Regulation.

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