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Freshwater (pre-smoltification/juvenile fish)

RSPCA welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon 29 September 2015

* indicates an amendment

FW 9.11* Site staff must ensure that all fish have been pre-graded before they are vaccinated.

FW 9.12* Any veterinary medicines used must be licensed in the UK for use in Atlantic salmon or authorised under an

Animal Test Certificate or an Animal Test Exemption Certificate.

FW 9.13* Anaesthetics and vaccines must be used according to manufacterers' instructions.

FW 9.14* Vaccines and anaesthetics must:

a) be on site before vaccination commences

b) only be administered to fish by suitably trained staff.

FW 9.15* Veterinary products must be properly labelled and stored appropriately.

FW 9.16 Water temperature for vaccination must be according to manufacturers' instructions.

FW 9.17* Any equipment defects must be rectified immediately, or if this is not possible measures must be taken to

avoid the welfare of the fish being compromised.

FW 9.18* All fish must be suitably anaesthetised before being vaccinated.

FW 9.19* Anaesthetic must only be administered by trained, competent personnel.

FW 9.20* There must be a team member with responsibility for monitoring oxygen levels in the anaesthetic bath and

maintaining them at 7mg/litre.

FW 9.21* The removal of fish from water or handling of the fish must only be done when necessary.

FW 9.22* If fish are handled:

a) adequate support must be given to the body

b) they must never be held by the tail only or thrown onto solid objects.

FW 9.23* Time out of water must:

a) be kept to an absolute minimum

b) never exceed 15 seconds for a live fish (unless anaesthetised).

FW 9.24* If hand nets are used, they must be:

a) of a suitable size

b) of a design which avoids physically damaging the fish

c) managed hygienically

d) in a good state of repair.

FW 9.25* Fish must not be left to die in air.

FW 9.26* Where fish are humanely dispatched at the freshwater stage this must be undertaken through an overdose

of a suitable anaesthetic.

FW 9.27* All vaccination procedures must be conducted with care and with the minimum possible stress to the fish.

FW 9.28* Fish must be continuously monitored throughout the vaccination process to ensure their welfare is

not compromised.

FW 9.29* Seriously ill, injured or moribund fish must be humanely culled without delay.

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