B.C. anti-fish farm group claims sea lice are growing more resistant to drug

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An anti-fish farm group says sea lice, which infect farmed salmon in B.C.’s waters, are growing more resistant to an anti-parasite drug — and nothing is being done to stop it.

A new report from Living Oceans and Raincoast Research says Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) knew that sea lice are growing resistant to the drug called SLICE.

It is the treatment of choice for sea lice affecting farmed Atlantic Salmon and used to control the infestation of the parasite.

The DFO has been examining the issue for years, having ordered a study in 2014 to look into evidence that “recent treatment failures have been linked to resistance to SLICE within sea lice populations…treatment efficacy is variable among sites.”

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Claire Fenton – Global News – Oct. 31, 2018.

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