Marine Harvest Canada Receives Permit for Paramove 50 Use at Quatsino Area Farms

January 9th, 2015 - Quatsino, B.C.

Marine Harvest Canada has received Ministry of Environment approval to use Interox Paramove 50 at farms in its Quatsino Sound operating area. Paramove 50 will enable the company to continue to effectively manage sea lice and reduce the use of the drug emamectin benzoate (Brand name SLICE).

Paramove 50 has been administered successfully at Marine Harvest's Klemtu operating area last year, where a single treatment safely removed 95 per cent of sea lice on the company's farm-raised salmon.

Paramove 50 is a non-medicinal treatment (hydrogen peroxide) available to BC salmon farmers and is applied as a diluted bath to a group of salmon. The bath removes small, external fish parasites (sea lice) attached to the salmon. Hydrogen peroxide immediately breaks down to simply water and oxygen.

Sea lice are naturally occurring crustaceans found on many fish in the ocean. The sea lice common in British Columbia waters are not a concern to human health, and rarely pose a fish health concern to farm-raised salmon.

"Our current use of SLICE(tm) is minimal and has been very successful," says Clare Backman, Marine Harvest Canada's Director of Sustainable Programs. "However, strict third party salmon certification standards that Marine Harvest has adopted required a reduction of SLICE over time, so we are pleased to have another option for sea lice management."

Marine Harvest Canada is British Columbia's leading aquaculture company and supplier of Sterling brand salmon.

To view the permit and relevant maps, click here.