Watershed Watch co-authors new paper providing the first link between salmon farms and elevated levels of sea lice on Fraser River sockeye

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A new study Sea Louse Infection of Juvenile Sockeye Salmon in Relation to Marine Salmon Farms on Canada’s West Coast published today in the journal Public Library of Science ONE by researchers from Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and the Universities of Victoria and Simon Fraser provides the first link between salmon farms and elevated levels of sea lice on juvenile Fraser River sockeye salmon.

Watershed Watch Executive Director and co-author of the study, Craig Orr, says “Given the high intensities of lice observed on some juveniles in this study—up to 28 lice/fish—there’s an urgent need to understand the extent of threat posed by sea lice to juvenile Fraser River sockeye.”

For more information see the media release New research shows sea lice from salmon farms infect Fraser River sockeye salmon. For more information on Watershed Watch’s work related to sea lice and salmon farming see our Salmon Farming page.

See the following media coverage on this paper for more information:

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