SLICE still kills sea lice, for now

Sea louseHere’s an interesting bit of research published last month, which shows that SLICE is still an effective treatment for sea lice on farmed Atlantic salmon in B.C.

The study tested more than 10,000 male and female sea lice collected after 25 SLICE treatments from 2009-2012. The results show SLICE is still as effective as it was nearly a decade ago.

However, the authors warn, salmon farmers must incorporate other methods and treatments to ensure that sea lice do not ever develop a resistance to the chemical in SLICE, emamectin benzoate, as has happened in some other parts of the world.

We agree, and this is in the government’s hands. Research continues into alternative treatments and farming techniques which could reduce lice counts, but ultimately it’s the government that approves them.

Perhaps in the post-Cohen world we can finally get on with technological innovation in aquaculture science, and help Canada become a world leader in ocean salmon farming again.

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