SeaFood Business

MAR 2014

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Top Stor y Visit us online at March 2014 SeaFood Business 33 the seafood industry, and consumers for that matter, rely on the agency to ensure that the fsh on their plates meet federal safety stan- dards? Rangan of Consumer Reports has her doubts. "How the FDA guidance will impact imported seafood without a lot being inspected is a tricky question," she says. "I don't think we have an an- swer about how it is or isn't going to be afected." Bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms common in marine environments are "very clever" and pose chal- lenges for aquaculture opera- tors to contain. Tere's a rea- son for that, says Newman. "Tey've been around for 3 billion-plus years," he says. "It's a pretty good indication of success." Email Senior Editor James Wright at and growth hormones. Te company does not buy any fsh or shrimp that are fed an- tibiotics intended for growth enhancement. "If fsh require treatment with medications prohibited by Whole Foods Market (e.g., antibiotics), the pen/tank/pond/raceway must be marked for identi- fcation and fsh from that system cannot be sold to Whole Foods Market," the company's policy states. Tere are ways to avoid antibiotics, says Dick Mar- tin, president of Black Pearl Seafood in Boston, which imports "antibiot- ic-never" farmed salmon from Scotland. "Te biggest principle is stocking density and prox- imity to other [farms]," says Martin, just days after re- turning from a visit to his source in the Shetland Is- lands. Too many fsh in one area creates stress, he says, which leads to illness and antibiotic use as a "crutch." Te rush to increase volume and maximize profts led to massive disease problems in Chile, Canada and eastern Maine. "Tey stufed more fsh in the pens to create more biomass, more revenue and it blew up in their face." Martin also worries about antibiotics leaching into the environment through uneat- en feed that falls to the ocean foor. "Tat antibiotic residue is going somewhere," he says, echoing the concerns of mul- tiple environmental groups. Many salmon farming sites in Scotland, Maine and other locations are positioned where swift-moving tidal currents can more efectively disperse efuent. Fallowing, or allow- ing sites to remain empty for periods of time, is another technique aquaculture op- erations have employed to strengthen biosecurity. How deep will the FDA's antibiotic initiative go? Can "The approach of bans is fine. However it doesn't distinguish between legitimate use and abuse. Too many people are forced to use antibiotics simply because they have no choice." — Stephen Newman, president and CEO, Aquaintech Photo by Laura Lee Dobson 28_33TopStory.indd 33 2/19/14 12:59 PM

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