B.C. fish farms blamed for sea lice in new report


From CTV.ca – Dec 24, 2010

VANCOUVER — Another salvo has been fired in the battle over sea lice at fish farms on the B.C. coast.

Just a week after a report was released clearing sea lice in the
collapse of the pink salmon run in 2002, an environmental group is
pointing to a new report that it says shows fish farms make the sea lice
problem worse.

Watershed Watch quotes a study by a New Zealand professor who looked
at the growth of sea lice on two salmon farms in the Broughton
archipelago on the central B.C. coast, which is on the migration path of
juvenile wild salmon.

The environmental group says the study found that farmed salmon can lead to a sharp increase in sea lice in coastal waters.

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About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.