Monday, February 22, 2010

Drug Resistant Sea Lice Spreading to BC?

As concerns about Sea lice have grown in British Columbia, fish farming companies have begun treating fish farms with chemicals designed to kill the parasites. This practice originated in Norway, home of the salmon farming industry. However in recent years sea lice in Norway have become resistant to the chemicals, leading to extremely high infection rates and wreaking havoc on wild populations of salmon. Now, there are signs that some sea lice strains in British Columbia may have become drug resistant. This evidence has emerged in spite of the complete denial by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Check out more information on the drug resistant sea lice on Alexandra Morton's blog.

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