A massive lice outbreak at several fish farms on the west coast of Vancouver Island is killing wild baby salmon, which will have devastating effects on nearby forests and the region’s ecotourism industry, say conservationists.
The warning comes as test results show that salmon at several fish farms in Clayoquot Sound, near Tofino, are infected by up to 30 lice.
That’s 10 times higher than the mandated limit, which stipulates when farmed salmon need to be treated. The limit is in place so lice populations don’t get out of control and start infecting wild baby salmon as they swim past the farms.
LINK (via: The Star Vancouver)