Merck Animal Health Highlights Commitment to Sustainable Salmon Farming at 2016 North Atlantic Seafood Forum

MADISON, N.J., March 1, 2016 – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced its renewed commitment to sustaining salmon farming through participation in the 2016 North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF), being held in Bergen, Norway from March 1-3, 2016.

Disease and poor health are among the top major constraints for sustainable aquaculture. Merck Animal Health is committed to developing responsible products to maximize fish survival, growth and production efficiency for salmon and other farmed fish species. The key to sustainable aquaculture is maintenance of health control and the availability of safe and effective products for the prevention and control of diseases. Merck Animal Health has been at the forefront of developing those products with the industry.

“Salmon farming has grown enormously over the past decades to meet the demand for fish protein, and Merck Animal Health has been at the forefront of sustainable farming and disease prevention and control,” said Rick DeLuca, president, Merck Animal Health. “We are pleased to participate in the largest seafood conference to share ideas, science and partner with experts and our customers.”

“Merck Animal Health has more than 30 years of history of developing vaccines for the salmon industry and our vaccines have been an important contributor to the Norwegian sustainable and renewable aquaculture industry,” said Johan Kvalheim, Managing Director, Norway, Merck Animal Health. “This commitment extends to our R&D location in Bergen, Merck Animal Health Innovation, which is dedicated to the development of vaccines for cold water species of fish in Norway, and globally.”

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About Merck Animal Health
Today’s Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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