Wild salmon sea lice linked to B.C. fish farms

CBC News

Young sockeye salmon from B.C.’s Fraser watershed are infected with higher levels of sea lice after swimming past salmon farms, a new study has found.

And those salmon carry an “order of magnitude more” of the parasites than salmon that don’t swim past salmon farms, said a study published in PloS One this week.

It’s not clear what problems could result from the infections, said the lead author of the study, Michael Price, a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

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