Thursday, July 28, 2011

University researchers discovery in sea lice infestations

Researcher at the University of Maine recently published a paper demonstrating that blue mussels can eat the larvae of sea lice. Sea lice  have recently been decimating farmed finfish stocks. “Extractive species are filter-feeding so they’re taking in all the phytoplankton and zooplankton and whatever’s in the water column, but they’re also taking in excess fish food and feces and removing all those organics from the water,” Ms Molloy said.

Sally Molloy a Postdoctoral researcher and microbiologist at the University of Maine “In our preliminary experiments we exposed mussels to some number of sea lice and we could see they were capable of eating them,” Ms Molloy said. “But we need to get a better understanding of disease dynamics on a farm.” Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers

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