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Sea Lice Biology and Control


Edited by Jim Treasurer, Ian Bricknell and James Bron



Sea lice are one of the most important and costly health issues for Atlantic salmon aquaculture and for culture of many other marine fish species. In addition, the extent and causes of impacts of sea lice upon wild salmonids has proven a hotly debated issue and one that continues to affect public perceptions of aquaculture. It is 29 years since the last dedicated book on sea lice biology and management, Pathogens of Wild and Farmed Fish: Sea Lice (Boxshall and Defaye, 1993), and a volume of current perspectives is overdue. The current book updates knowledge concerning the biology and management of sea lice. Authored by over 60 world-leading researchers, practitioners and industry experts, it is written in an accessible and engaging style. New topics include genomics, vaccinology, physiology and epidemiology, and aspects of interactions with wild fisheries are thoroughly reviewed.

Sea Lice Biology and Control is of interest to and provides an invaluable reference for sea lice researchers, parasitologists, students, fish farmers, veterinarians and other fish health professionals, wild fish biologists and managers, regulators, government, fish certification professionals and NGOs. The book provides an authoritative overview of sea lice and their interactions and gives a clear illustration of the application of the principles of integrated pest management in an aquaculture context.

This volume covers an impressive array of topics, guiding the community on their journey towards awareness of the most recent advances in sea lice biology and through to the latest genomics studies – Prof. Geoff Boxshall FRS


Dr Jim Treasurer, Aquaculture and Fisheries scientist, of FAI Farms. Jim was Divisional Health Manager with Marine Harvest from 1989, then Aquaculture research manager UK for Seafish, and later Research director of VFF Ardtoe Marine Laboratory. His development and research activities in sustainable aquaculture include Integrated Pest Management of sea lice including biological control, Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture, alternative fish feeds, rearing of novel species to aquaculture such as cod and haddock and cleaner fish, fish reproduction and fish welfare.

Professor Ian Bricknell is Professor of Aquaculture Biology, at the University of Maine and is member of the Aquaculture Research Institute and school of Marine Sciences. He began his sea lice research in 1989 and has worked on the host parasite interface between sea lice and their hosts as well as the immune modulation of the host by the secreted products of sea lice.

Professor James Bron heads the Aquatic Parasitology Research Group and is Professor of Aquatic Animal Health at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture. Over the last 35 years he has conducted extensive collaborative research on sea lice, working with academia, industry, government and NGOs to better understand aspects of sea louse biology and management, aiming to improve health and welfare of farmed and wild fish to better support sustainable and resilient aquaculture and capture fisheries.


Foreword – Geoff Boxshall

I Sea lice biology

  1. Introduction: a developing industry and the threat of sea lice
  2. Introduction to sea lice morphology and biology
  3. Sea lice development
  4. Caligids in global aquaculture
  5. Sea lice behaviour
  6. Semiochemical tools for the management of sea lice
  7. Pathologies associated with sea lice
  8. Sea lice physiology
  9. A standardised generic framework of sea lice model components for application in coupled hydrodynamic-particle models – OPEN ACCESS
  10. Population dynamics of sea lice
  11. Regulation and authorization of veterinary medicines for sea lice
  12. Sea lice genomics
  13. Salmon-louse interaction and immunological consequences for the host
  14. Evolution of sea louse (Copepoda: Caligidae) resistance against control agents

II Sea lice control methods

  1. An introduction to sea lice control
  2. Sensitivity bioassays: understanding the biology of sea lice and its management in salmon farming
  3. Selective breeding for improved resistance to sea lice in farmed salmonids
  4. Sea lice – active monitoring methods for sea lice in the marine environment
  5. Biological control of sea lice
  6. Vaccination
  7. Functional feeds and sea lice control
  8. Physical prevention and control of sea lice

III Global impacts of sea lice

  1. Impacts of sea lice
  2. Wild and farmed fsh interactions with sea lice
  3. Epilogue: Prospects for the future


Additional information

ISBN 9781789181913
Page extent 650
Product type HB
Publication date 31-Oct-22
Dimensions 246 × 189 mm
Product options

eBook (ePub), eBook (pdf), Print version

2 reviews for Sea Lice Biology and Control

  1. Fish Farmer Magazine

    The publication of this new volume is very timely when changes to regulatory frameworks for salmonid aquaculture are being considered across the globe. It provides a much-needed and updated authoritative reference on sea
    lice and their control for scientists, farmed fish professionals, NGOs and regulators alike.

  2. 5.00 out of 5
    2 Reviews


    The book is an important source of reference for researchers, industry, biologists, veterinarians and regulators and will be of interest to those keen to update their knowledge of the biology of sea lice and control methods.
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