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Sea lice becoming resistant to pesticide

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirms the findings of independent research that says sea lice on salmon farms are becoming resistant to SLICE, a pesticide used to kill sea lice.

It also confirms it is conducting a review of a Cermaq fish farm in Clayoquot Sound to determine whether the company properly followed the protocols for reporting and treating a sea lice outbreak in the spring.

Earlier this week, independent researcher Alexandra Morton and the Living Oceans Society published findings from research that highlights a sea lice outbreak earlier this year at a Cermaq salmon farm in Clayoquot Sound.

The report, Lousy Choices: Drug Resistant Sea Lice in Clayoquot Sound, highlights the fact that sea lice are becoming resistant to SLICE, which is the only pesticide approved for sea lice control in Canadian fish farms.

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Nelson Bennett – Business in Vancouver – November 1, 2018.

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