Skretting breeds sea lice / June 21, 2011 11:36
The laboratory is a separate building, isolated from the rest of the trials station. It has an array of tanks for the trial fish and two for hatching lice, reports www.megafishnet.com with reference to Skretting.
"Having the lab enables us to test various feed formulations developed to combat sea lice while having full control over all the variables," comments Ekhard Witten, manager of the fish health department at Skretting ARC.
"Skretting already supplies Target feeds to help the salmon resist infestation and they are proving to be a valuable part of integrated pest management programmes. With the new lab we can reduce the time needed to develop anti-lice feeds that will be even more effective."
The research team succeeded in hatching its first sea lice and infecting salmon with copepodites, a stage in the lice life cycle when they are parasitic on salmon.
"Growing sea lice in a laboratory was a challenge," says Irene Heng Lauvsnes, manager of the fish trials station.
"Generally fish farmers are trying to kill the lice but just here we are pleased they have survived. When we have finished standardising the trial protocol we will begin testing potential anti-lice feed ingredients."
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