Salmon Endangered by Sea Lice

Pink salmon may be extinct in eight years due to sea lice infestations, a new study finds.

As if nobody saw this one coming…

From the NYT:

"Parasites that breed in fish farms kill so many passing juvenile wild salmon that they threaten the survival of fish populations in some rivers and streams, Canadian researchers are reporting. The researchers studied pink salmon in an area north of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. But they said their findings, and earlier studies of the effects of farm-borne parasites on wild salmon, were so damning that they challenged aspects of aquaculture generally…The researchers conceded that their calculations showed widely ranging death rates among young salmon from sea lice infestations, but said they were typically about 80 percent. At that rate, they calculated that some local populations would be effectively extinct in four salmon generations, about eight years."

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