Cermaq will use new tool in Chile to combat sea lice

The new tool is a mechanical system that is based on flushing with clean sea water with ambient temperature to remove the sea lice, thus safeguarding animal welfare. The system will be deployed in Chile from July.

Cermaq has signed an agreement with SFI to support development of the SFI delousing system. Harald Takle, R&D Manager Farming Technology in Cermaq Group (left) and Eyðbjørn Hansen, Managing Director of Sea Farm Innovations (right)

The new delousing tool, which has been developed by Sea Farm Innovations (SFI), is built around their patented flushing system, which gently removes the sea lice from the salmon and simultaneously collects the sea lice so it can be filtered from the water. The treatment itself only last for approximately 0.2 seconds per fish, and is effective against both mobile and adult sealice. 

-We know that the sea lice situation in Chile is challenging, and we need to expand our toolbox to remain control, says Harald Takle, R&D Manager Farming Technology in Cermaq Group. – We think SFI have come up with a very interesting concept that safeguards the welfare of the fish and at the same time is both flexible and easy to operate. We are cooperating closely with SFI, combining their entrepreneurial approach and competence with our experience to adapt the technology to ensure an optimal effect against sea lice in Chile. For safe implementation, we will use Cermaq’s fish welfare scoring system and highly dedicated personnel. If successful here, we will share this knowledge with the industry in Chile and our operations in Canada and Norway, says Dr. Takle.

The delousing system can treat all fish sizes, has a high treatment capacity, is easy to operate and can be installed on multiple boat types.

Javier Herrera, Sea Water Director for Cermaq Chile, is eager to start using the new delousing system.

-We are looking forward to deploy the new tool. This system will enable us to delouse our fish gently and hopefully with high treatment efficiency, says Mr. Herrera. We are going to use the SFI system on our sea sites in both region 10 and in region 11, says Mr. Herrera.

Eyðbjørn Hansen, Managing Director at Sea Farm Innovations, is looking forward to working with Cermaq.

-We find Cermaq the perfect partner in our quest to make delousing as gentle as possible. Our main focus from the beginning has been fish welfare and for us to be able to work together with a leading company within fish welfare is a perfect match, says Mr. Hansen.

Spanish translation of the release is attached.

For further questions, please contact Harald Takle, R&D Manager Farming Technology in Cermaq Group: +47 911 19 945.

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