Fish jabs could boost salmon industry3rd August 2015

Fish jabs could boost salmon industryPhoto: Pablo Gordillo Chueca


A collaborative vaccination project, funded by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, could enhance the welfare and efficacy of cleaner-fish, used to control sea lice on salmon farms. The project could lead to significant growth in the Scottish salmon industry.

The 18-month project involves Aqualife, a Stirling-based business which vaccinates over 100 million fish a year; major salmon producer Scottish Sea Farms; and researchers at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture.

The novel welfare-friendly techniques proposed by the project team could step up the survivability and robustness of lumpsucker and wrasse species, and help to upscale their effectiveness on salmon farms.

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