Camanchaca farm in Comau Fjord

Camanchaca lowers antibiotic use

The Chilean producer reports that it has reduced the amount of active antibiotic ingredient per tonne of salmon produced in 2015 compared to previous years, although the number of treatments has increased.

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Salmones Camanchaca used 562g of antibiotics per produced tonne (LWE) last year, compared to 678 g in 2014 and 431 g in 2013.

Despite this decrease in volume, the company reported an average of 2.91 antibiotic treatments per cage/production cycle in 2015, up from 2.49 and 2.41 treatments in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

According to its latest Sustainability Report, Camanchaca explained that the reduced use of antibiotics was a result of better sanitary and productive practices.

Delousing agents

Meanwhile, the company used 7.4g (per tonne of salmon) of delousing agents in bath treatments in 2015, compared to 4.3g and 13.8g in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

In turn, Camanchaca used an average of 0.2g of delousing agents in feed last year, compared to 0.4g and 7.0g in 2014 and 2013, respectively.