Central Morning | Dec 7, 2012 | 14:15
Are Sea-based Aquaculture Pens?
Last week, Health Canada approved the use of a pesticide called Salmosan in aquaculture operations on the province's south coast. The federal agency says the approval is for "emergency" use, to stop an outbreak of sea lice in the area. Sea lice are a type of crustacean that can kill juvenile fish, and operators say warmer than usual water has allowed the pests to flourish. Salmon conservation groups say while Salmosan certainly works to kill sea lice, it can also harm shrimp and young lobster. This comes at a time when ISA, a salmon virus, has appeared for the second time in months on the south coast. John McCarthy is the president of the Salmon Preservation Association for Waters in Newfoundland, or SPAWN. Cyr Coutourier is a research scientist at the Marine Institute and the Chair of the Aquaculture Program.