Sea Lice Could Kill Off Canadian Wild Salmon Populations in Four Years

December 14, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

A sobering report from Canadian researchers says that sea lice infestations from salmon farms off of the country’s coast have reached the tipping point, and that wild pink salmon in the areas north of Vancouver Island may be gone within four years. “‘This is the first time scientists have had enough detailed data to actually measure the impact of sea lice on wild salmon populations,’ said Martin Krkosek, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate at the Center for Mathematical Biology at the University of Alberta.” Associated Press writer Jeff Barnard.