Impact of early infestation with the salmon louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis on the subsequent survival of outwardly migrating Atlantic salmon smolts from a number of rivers on Ireland's south and west coasts
Ó Maoiléidigh, N.
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AbstractThe potential impact of sea lice infestation on outwardly migrating Atlantic salmon smolts has been investigated by treating populations of ranched salmon, prior to release, with a prophylactic sea lice treatment conferring protection from sea lice infestation, for up to 9 weeks. Established populations of ranched Atlantic salmon with well described rates of return were chosen to investigate the potential contribution of early infestation with the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis to mortality in Atlantic salmon. Results of five releases from four locations are presented and compared with a time series of releases from Lough Furnace in Newport, County Mayo. The results of this study would suggest that infestation of outwardly migrating salmon smolts with the salmon louse (L. salmonis) was a minor component of the overall marine mortality in the stocks studied.
DescriptionNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Aquaculture. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Aquaculture, [VOL319, (September 2011)] doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2011.06.042, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0044848611005229