Scot­land to host 2020 sea lice con­fer­ence

Fish Farmer - - News United Kingdom -

THE bi­en­nial in­ter­na­tional sea lice con­fer­ence is to be held in Scot­land in 2020 fol­low­ing a vote by del­e­gates at this year’s gath­er­ing in Punta Are­nas, Chile.

Scot­land won 37 per cent of the votes, nar­rowly beat­ing Cairns, Aus­tralia, which polled 36 per cent. The Faroe Is­lands’ bid came in third, with 27 per cent of votes.

This year’s meet­ing was the 12th in the se­ries, the first hav­ing been held in Paris. The aim of the con­fer­ence is to bring to­gether the world’s most prom­i­nent sea lice re­searchers, to share their ex­pe­ri­ences in mit­i­gat­ing and con­trol­ling in­fes­ta­tions.

This year’s con­fer­ence was or­gan­ised by the Tech­no­log­i­cal Salmon In­sti­tute (INTESAL), the In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Cen­tre for Aqua­cul­ture Re­search (INCAR) and the Aqua­cul­ture In­sti­tute from the Aus­tral Uni­ver­sity of Chile.

As well as pro­mot­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween lead­ing in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tists, the con­fer­ence de­vel­ops and dis­cusses new lines of re­search and presents the most up to date find­ings on sea lice.

Dif­fer­ent ar­eas of re­search are high­lighted, in­clud­ing bi­ol­ogy of sea lice, epi­demi­ol­ogy, chem­i­cal con­trols, sea lice and wild fish, in­ter­ac­tions with the en­vi­ron­ment, in­te­grated han­dling of the pests, math­e­mat­i­cal mod­els, molec­u­lar ge­net­ics, and reg­u­la­tory poli­cies.

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