Frequently Asked Questions
"What is the danger of sea lice?"
Sea lice are a naturally occurring external marine parasite and are regularly found on all wild fish species. However, we recognize that farm-raised salmon may be a source of sea lice to small, juvenile wild salmon, which is why we are proactive in sea lice management. Effective management ensures sea lice from farm-raised salmon are not impacting out-migrating juvenile wild salmon.
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"Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) scientists and researchers work diligently to build understanding and knowledge about sea lice, their relationship to the marine environment and fish, and the treatments and methods used to reduce their abundance near wild and farmed species."Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Scientific Research on Sea Lice
"Sea lice occur naturally in the marine environment and their abundance is influenced by seasonal and year-to-year variations in ocean salinity, temperature and other environmental conditions."Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Average number of lice per fish on BC salmon farms