Scotland’s salmon and trout producers together against sea lice
Currently, two possible ways of treating farmed Atlantic salmon against sea lice – a key barrier to sector growth – are to bathe the fish either in freshwater or hydrogen peroxide, which quickly breaks down into water and oxygen.
A new project aims to determine what happens when freshwater and hydrogen peroxide-based treatment Paramove are combined. Co-funded by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), the project partners include Marine Harvest Scotland and Dawnfresh Seafoods, who have teamed up with Solvay Interox, Aqua Pharma and academics at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture.
The anticipated benefits of the 12-month, £242,985 project include better control of sea lice, reduced use of medicines and shorter treatment times – all of which will further enhance fish health and welfare, and help deliver higher production volumes. ■