Biological Control of Sealice in Salmon Farming
FAI is pioneering the production of so-called ‘cleaner fish’ that can be used for the biological control of sea lice on salmon - a problem causing animal suffering, environmental concerns and costing producers $480 million
Sealice have become endemic across much of the salmon farming industry. It causes severe health and welfare problems for the affected farmed salmon and associated wild stocks, environmental concerns are associated with chemical treatment programs and the economic cost to producers is estimated at $480 million. FAI Ardtoe Marine Research Facility is pioneering the production of so-called ‘cleaner fish’ that can be used for the biological control of sea lice on salmon. The use of such fish species could negate the need to use various anti–parasitic chemicals in the fight against sealice. These include the Ballan wrasse and the lumpsucker, both of which Ardtoe is now producing and shipping to salmon farms around Scotland.