Aim and scope:
Sea lice continue to be a topic of interest to scientific researchers in all the leading salmon producing countries and indeed to tc she community as a whole. The status of L. salmonis as a major health threat to farmed salmon in many northern hemisphere locations may have receded over the past decade with the availability of more effective treatment options but the emergence of possible resistance to even the newer treatment options give cause for concern. In the southern hemisphere the problems with C. rogercresseyi are still unresolved.
There are also still many unresolved questions, poorly understood interaction mechanisms and new problems. The on-going controversy surrounding the impact of farmed salmon on wild stocks and general farmed-wild interaction are of great interest. There is also a growing awareness of the importance of understanding the biology of all the sea lice species of concern.
The goal of this international conference is to bring together leading researchers from across the globe with interests in a range of sea lice species to advance our understanding of the key biological, environmental and management factors associated with sea lice in both wild and farmed settings.
As was the case with a number of the previous international sea lice conferences in this series presenters will be invited to submit full papers which will be published in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms as a special edition.
The topics covered by the conference will include (but are not limited to) the following:
This session will include general topics for all sea lice species such as: Biology, morphology, physiology, taxonomy, ecology, evolution and behavior.
Lice monitoring, life dynamics, sampling strategies, lice infections on wild fish
INTERACTION BETWEEN HOST - PARASITE
Host responses to sea lice infections, differences between host species and sea lice species. Immune responses and pathogenesis. Tolerance and susceptibility to parasites.
INTERACTIONS BETWEEN WILD - FARMED FISH INCLUDING MODELLING
Sea lice transmission between species, consequence of behavioural traits, sustainable production and level of sea lice, production of sea lice and effects, use of models.
TREATMENT AND CONTROL
Efficacy of treatment, advances in chemical control, biological control methods, reduced efficacy, tolerance to treatment, proof of resistance to chemicals, vaccines
ADVANCES IN SEA LICE MANAGEMENT
Effects of general management such as, zoning, area management, IPM
GENETICS AND GENOMIC
The use of genetics and genomics are rapidly growing in all areas. This conference will therefore give a specific session to all or any contributions related to use of genetics or genomics to study issues related to sea lice biology, management and control.
Open to all or any new issues the participants would like to bring forward. The conference will most probably end with this session and open for a wider discussion.