Salmon farms not 'solely' to blame for growing B.C. sea lice infestations, claims DFO study

A government study claims fish farms aren’t solely to blame for the growing prevalence of sea lice among wild salmon along the B.C. coast.

The Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) report, based on data provided by fish farm operators, claims that there is no “statistically significant association” between sea lice infestations among wild juvenile Chum and Pink salmon and the fish farms they migrate past along the B.C. coast.

However, the report still notes that there has been an upward trend of sea lice infestation in the studied areas, which include Clayoquot Sound and the Discovery Islands, since 2013.

It concludes that the lack of statistical significance means infestations cannot “solely be explained” by the presence of farms.

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