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Pacific Region

Fish Health Program: Drug and Chemical Use


We follow best management practices that only use drugs as a last resort. When disease outbreaks occur at a hatchery, Fish Health Centers may recommend drug treatments. Controlled use enhances drug application and determines its efficacy and safety in controlling diesase.  

Drug and chemical use in aquaculture is very tightly regulated by the FDA, EPA, USDA, state authorities, and in FWS policies on fish health and propagation. Our Health Centers also monitor use of chemotherapeutants and other drugs under the Service's Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) Program, coordinating permit issuance and reporting requirements. We send reports to the National Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership (AADAP) Program and to other principal holders of INAD permits.

Only a few fish drugs are available. As part of the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Parternship (AADAP) Program, Pacific Region Fish Health Centers identify and monitor the use of drugs and chemicals for the treatment of fish at state, federal, and tribal fish hatcheries in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Records are reviewed before, during and after treatments and forwarded to the AADAP office, working towards approving drugs and chemicals for use on aquaculture by FDA.

About Our Program

The Pacific Region's Fish Heath Program protects the health of salmon propagated at the region's network of 15 National Fish Hatcheries and tribal partner programs. Our veterinarians and biologists--located in three Fish Health Centers located in Olympia, Washington, Orofino, Idaho, and Willard, Washington--assist partners across the Pacific Northwest with fish health issues and conduct the National Wild Fish Health Survey. Dr. Andrew E. Goodwin manages the program.

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