Research & Reports: 2011
2011, February – Price M.H.H., Proboszcz S.L., Routledge R.D., Gottesfeld A.S., Orr C., et al. Sea louse Infection of juvenile sockeye salmon in relation to marine salmon farms on Canada’s West Coast. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16851. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016851.
Pathogens are growing threats to wildlife. The rapid growth of marine salmon farms over the past two decades has increased host abundance for pathogenic sea lice in coastal waters, and wild juvenile salmon swimming past farms are frequently infected with lice. Here we report the first investigation of the potential role of salmon farms in transmitting sea lice to juvenile sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka).