Accountability and transparency

Sea lice reporting

We publicly report sea lice levels throughout the year for all of our active farm sites.

Why are sea lice counts important?

Cermaq counts lice on a weekly basis in order to meet and exceed Aquaculture license requirements and ensure the health and welfare of the fish in our care and of surrounding wild salmon.

Timely and accurate identification and enumeration is important for a few reasons:
- Provides a clear picture of the sea lice status on our fish;
- Show sea lice trends to help determine best approach to management of levels; and,
- Helps determine if a treatment is necessary and how soon it should be done.

How does Cermaq publicly report their Sea Lice counts?
- Sea lice counts are shared through this website every Friday for the previous seven-day period;
- Where there are two sample events within one week, (pre and post-treatment), post-treatment counts will be posted on the Cermaq website; and,
- All sea lice sampling counts are reported to DFO, who then publicly report these counts on its website.

Sea lice counts updated as of January 8th, 2021

Sample results are average abundance for the farm, uploaded every Friday for the previous seven days.

Farm Motile lepeophtheirus salmonis (average number per fish) Comments
Bare Bluff    Inactive  
Bawden Point   0.17   
Bedwell Sound     Inactive  
Binns Island     Inactive  
Brent Island   2.98   
Cecil Island    Inactive  
Cypress Harbour    No sampling required in the last 7 days 
Dixon Bay   0.05   
Fortune Channel   5.93  Planned hydrolicer activity 
Maude Channel   0.48   
McIntyre Lake   4.17  Planned hydrolicer activity 
Millar Channel   0.03   
Mussel Rock     Inactive  
Plover Point     Inactive  
Rant Point     Inactive  
Raza Island   2.13   
Ross Pass   0.37   
Saranac Island     Inactive  
Simmonds   1.65   
Sir Edmund Bay   0.13   
Venture Point     No sampling required in the last 7 days 
Wehlis Bay   1.72   
Westside   0.43  Hydrolicer activity underway