The ASC works to ensure best practice is followed in the monitoring of fish health and the treatment of conditions that can affect them
Fish can be prone to disease, just like humans. Fish diseases and parasites occur naturally, and can affect both wild fish and farmed fish. Sickness can break out even in the best-run farms. Monitoring fish regularly can help to ensure they remain healthy, but – as with humans – there may be times when treatment is required.
How we help
The ASC standards ensure that medicinal treatments are used safely and responsibly, and the appropriate number of treatments are used. And because science on animal welfare and wellbeing is constantly evolving, we have also embarked on an expert-led Fish Welfare project.
With species such as salmon, diseases and parasites can be passed from one farm to another, or to wild populations in the same area. In such cases, the ASC requires salmon farmers to take part in an Area-Based Management (ABM) scheme for managing diseases and resistance to treatments. This requires them to work together, exchanging information with neighbouring farms and coordinating how they stock fish cages and use medicines.
Support responsible farmers: Look for the logo!
If, like us, you want to only shop and eat seafood products that have been produced with care by farms using medicinal treatments responsibly, simply look out for the ASC logo when you shop and eat out. And if it’s not there – ask why not!