January 24, 2017
MSD Animal Health joins initiative to support sustainable salmon farming
MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) has announced its membership with the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), a leadership programme by global farmed salmon producers that is focused on accelerating sustainability for salmon farming.
"The global salmon business has a very bright future with strong demand and healthy growth," Dr. Chris Beattie, MSD's head of global aquaculture, says. "We align very closely with GSI's vision of providing a highly sustainable source of healthy protein to feed a growing global population, while minimising its environmental footprint. With fish health and welfare central to the future success of salmon farming, we see a natural fit between MSD Animal Health and GSI."
By 2050, it is estimated that the world's population will increase by 34% to 9.1 billion people - doubling the demand for global food production, including fish protein. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations also estimates that about one billion people worldwide rely on fish as their primary source of animal protein. A healthy source of protein and essential fatty acids, farmed salmon is vital to balancing the needs of feeding the growing global population, and meeting the demand for healthy and sustainable protein production.
MSD Animal Health is committed to supporting global farmed salmon producers through a wide range of products and services for the environmentally and economically sustainable control of major aquaculture diseases around the world, the company states.
- MSD Animal Health