Frequently Asked Questions
"Do you use antibiotics to treat farmed salmon?"
Antibiotics are sometimes used to treat farmed salmon, but only when they have been prescribed and deemed necessary by a licensed veterinarian. The use of antibiotics has significantly decreased since 1987 thanks to more effective vaccines. In 2017, only 0.3% of our fish in freshwater and 2.5% of our fish in saltwater were treated with antibiotics.
We also report all of our antibiotic use to Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Looking for more information? Find out more below:
"Despite increased salmon production, there has been a general decline in antibacterial use in BC and in other salmon farming regions of the world. This is attributed to the introduction of more effective vaccines for bacterial diseases and other advances in health management."Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Use of antibacterials at BC marine finfish aquaculture sites
Social and Environmental Sustainability IndicatorsGlobal Salmon Initiative
"With our strong focus on optimizing fish survival and preventing disease, licensed medicines are only used when absolutely necessary."Marine Harvest
Integrated Annual Report, page 68