Bricknell cited in BBC story on Scottish salmon farming’s sea lice problem
Ian Bricknell, professor of aquaculture at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences and Aquaculture Research Institute, spoke with the BBC about the damage sea lice are causing to the salmon farming industry. In Scotland, where salmon farms have the highest incidence of infection in the world, sea lice are the likely cause of a drop off in the weight of farmed salmon in the final three months of 2016, according to the article. Earlier last year, one Scottish company lost 1,300 metric tons of salmon due to sea lice. Bricknell told the BBC the pest has cost the salmon farming industry at least $500 million worldwide.