Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Vaccines In Aquaculture: Do They Work?

The Director of PHARMAQ Asia, Kjersti Gravningen, discussed the effectiveness of vaccines in aquaculture at the Novus International Seminar, held during the recent biennial VIV ASIA event, reports Stuart Lumb for TheFishSite.com. Ideally, vaccines give long term protection against important diseases, can be simply administered, are safe to use both for the fish and the administrator and are profitable.

Why are vaccines of interest? Of course, prevention is better than cure. There is an increasing demand for fish protein, there is increasing concern about the use of antibiotics, increasing awareness about food safety and finally, vaccines are environmentally friendly. Historically, vaccination by immersion was used against vibriosis and ERM in salmonids in 1976. injection started in 1981. In 1998, oral vaccination was introduced in Japan for tilapia, with DNA vaccines being used in salmon in Canada in 2005. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers

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