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Sea Lice Levels Below Treatment Level in BC

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CANADA - The sea lice count numbers for May show levels in the Okisollo/Hoskyn Channels area of British Columbia (BC) continue to be below the threshold for treatment as required by regulation.

There are a total of 9 farm sites in the Okisollo/Hoskyn Channels. These farms are well managed and highly regulated to ensure that wild stocks migrating past these sites are protected, no matter how many of the farms are operating.

Sea lice numbers are monitored regularly and show levels below the threshold levels for treatment as required by regulation (see graph below).

For the month of May, three farms in the area were in operation. Cyrus Rocks was harvested in May and is now fallow. The final sea lice count is included in the graph. Both the Brent and Venture Point sites were stocked during the month of May – the first sea lice counts will be reported with the June counts.

Regular sea lice counts are proactively shared by BC’s salmon farmers to update the public about sea lice numbers on farm sites in the area throughout the wild salmon outmigration period. These monthly reports will continue through July.