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A PRO­JECT to eval­u­ate the con­trol of sea lice in salmon farms has been an­nounced in New­found­land, Canada, the St Johns Tele­gram re­ported.

Re­searchers will use a $358,000 in­vest­ment from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to sup­port the growth of the in­dus­try in the Coast of Bays.

Through the re­search pro­ject, al­ter­na­tive meth­ods for sea lice re­moval at sites us­ing cleaner fish, specif­i­cally con­ners and lump­fish, which are na­tive to the province’s coastal wa­ters, will be eval­u­ated.

‘Re­search and de­vel­op­ment is a key build­ing block of the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor,’ said fish­eries min­is­ter Darin King. ‘Build­ing on the strong col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ships among aca­demic re­searchers, busi­ness and gov­ern­ment, this pro­ject will en­hance ca­pac­ity in our province and help salmon farm­ers over­come the fish health chal­lenges posed by sea lice.’

The pro­ject in­volves in­dus­try col­lab­ora- tion with Cold Ocean Salmon, a sub­sidiary of Cooke Aqua­cul­ture, which op­er­ates a fa­cil­ity in St Al­ban’s, where re­search will take place.

It in­volves a largescale field trial us­ing cul­tured cleaner fish in a sea cage val­i­da­tion trial to test the ef­fec­tive re­moval of sea lice from farmed salmon.

‘Fish health and wel­fare is a top pri­or­ity for us at Cold Ocean Salmon,’ said Sheldon Ge­orge, the com­pany’s New­found­land and Labrador pro­duc­tion man­ager.

Above: StuTy into sea lice re­moval

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