Chapter 12. Guidelines for Antimicrobial Use in Aquaculture

  1. Luca Guardabassi5,
  2. Lars B. Jensen6 and
  3. Hilde Kruse7
  1. Peter R. Smith1,
  2. Alain Le Breton Fish Consultant2,
  3. Tor Einar Horsberg3 and
  4. Flavio Corsin4

Published Online: 30 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302639.ch12

Guide to Antimicrobial Use in Animals

Guide to Antimicrobial Use in Animals

How to Cite

Smith, P. R., Le Breton, A., Horsberg, T. E. and Corsin, F. (2008) Guidelines for Antimicrobial Use in Aquaculture, in Guide to Antimicrobial Use in Animals (eds L. Guardabassi, L. B. Jensen and H. Kruse), Blackwell Publishing, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302639.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 5

    Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  2. 6

    National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

  3. 7

    Department for Health Surveillance, National Veterinary Institute, Norway

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

  2. 2

    Grenade sur Garonne, France

  3. 3

    Department of Food Safety and Infection Biology, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo, Norway

  4. 4

    Network in Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), c/o NAFIQAVED, Ministry of Fisheries, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405150798

Online ISBN: 9781444302639



  • antimicrobial use in aquaculture;
  • disease therapy encountered in aquaculture;
  • aquacultural production in low-income, food-deficient countries (LIFDC);
  • pharmacokinetic (PK) studies and pharmacodynamic (PD) studies;
  • antimicrobial agents and their applications in aquaculture;
  • epidemiological cut-off values by Miller and Reimschuessel on Aeromonas salmonicida;
  • antimicrobial susceptibility testing of fish pathogens;
  • negative impacts of antimicrobial use in aquaculture;
  • antimicrobial therapy success and choice of most appropriate agent;
  • Better Management Practices (BMP) in shrimp farming


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Aquaculture diversity

  • Antimicrobial use in aquaculture

  • Therapy of diseases encountered in aquaculture

  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

  • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of fish pathogens

  • Negative impacts of antimicrobial use in aquaculture

  • Towards improvements of antimicrobial use in aquaculture

  • The way forward

  • References