Project number: 1996-314
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $118,019.00
Principal Investigator: Steve B. Percival
Organisation: Aquaculture Development and Veterinary Services Pty Ltd
Project start/end date: 10 Jun 1996 - 16 May 2001


1. To identify the most appropriate, but industry accepted drugs and chemicals and their use patterns for each sector of the Australian aquaculture sector.
2. To maximise the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of the drug or chemical registration process by the Australian aquaculture industry to the National Registration Authority.
3. To establish registration of at least twelve of the drugs or chemicals identified in objective 1. (NB Each registered drug or chemical may be used by a number of aquaculture sectors in a number of different ways. For example, an anaesthetic compound may be registered for all aquaculture species by both immersion and injectable usage).
4. To prepare a document outlining the processes and requirements necessary for the re3gistration of aquaculture drugs and chemicals

Final report

ISBN: 0-646-41396-1
Author: Steve Percival
Final Report • 2017-09-29 • 1.09 MB


Australian governments and agri-food industries are placing greater emphasis on marketing Australia as a supplier of high quality fresh produce. It is important that these “clean food” activities are underpinned by appropriate mechanisms that ensure the integrity of Australian product. Residue detection and any associated food safety issues will continue to attract considerable public interest. The challenge for the aquaculture industry, governments and regulatory authorities is to develop strategies that combine efficient production methods without detrimental effects to food products, the environment, the safety of target animals, and the safety of persons who administer the compounds.

The National Strategy on Aquaculture in Australia (1994), developed in cooperation with industry by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments sets the strategic framework for future aquaculture development. The strategy identified chemical registration in the aquaculture industry as a priority issue. Consequently in 1995, the Aquaculture Committee (AC) operating under the auspices of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (SCFA) established a National Taskforce (The Taskforce) comprising industry and government representatives to address the issue.

Based on the results of an extensive industry survey of drug and chemical usage in the Australian aquaculture industry conducted in 1995, this project has undertaken an assessment of the most appropriate drugs and chemicals and their use patterns for each sector of the industry.

This project has also developed and tested a cost-effective and efficient process in conjunction with NRA for attaining a legal basis for drug or chemical usage by the Australian aquaculture industry. This process is based on usual NRA requirements, but enables the legal use of appropriate chemicals where detailed information is not available.

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