Lenfest Ocean Program

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Research Project

Evaluating the Impacts of Antibiotic Use in Chilean Salmon Aquaculture

In Chile, up to 50 percent of salmon concentrated in aquaculture facilities die from infections linked to poor water quality and sanitation. Consequently, the aquaculture industry proactively adds antibiotics to the salmon feed each year, which passes into the water column and surrounding sediment through uneaten fish food and feces. This project evaluates the impact that antibiotics used in salmon aquaculture farms in Chile have on the surrounding marine environment and the human health in neighboring coastal communities.

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