Chile’s aquaculture sector launched a project to reduce antibiotic use in salmon production by half within the next two years,” reports Economia y Negocios.

The Pincoy project is being launched by Skretting, AquaGen/Blue Genomics, Centrovet, Pharmaq, Cermaq, Blumar and Ventisqueros.

In addition, the project is supported by SalmonChile and Chile’s national service of fisheries and aquaculture (Sernapesca).

The companies will try to define a common strategy to monitor the fish throughout the productive process, considering genetics, vaccinations, diets and environmental quality at the hatcheries and fattening plants.

“The main objective of the Pincoy project is to reduce antibiotic use in salmon production in Chile,” said Ronald Barlow, Skretting general director.

“We expect antibiotic use to be reduced to half of what we are using today by 2018,” Barlow said.

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