Journal Article

Differing susceptibility of anadromous brown trout (<i>Salmo trutta</i> L.) populations to salmon louse (<i>Lepeophtheirus salmonis</i> (Krøyer, 1837)) infection

K.A Glover, Ø Skaala, F Nilsen, R Olsen, A.J Teale and J.B Taggart

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 60, issue 5, pages 1139-1148
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI:
Differing susceptibility of anadromous brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) populations to salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Krøyer, 1837)) infection

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Three Norwegian sea trout (Salmo trutta L.) stocks and a farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) stock were challenged with salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Krøyer, 1837)), in a “common garden” experiment. Sea trout from the River Guddal exhibited a significantly lower level of infection, as measured by louse abundance and louse density, than other stocks. In addition, salmon lice developed significantly more slowly on the Guddal stock than on the other stocks. Salmon louse abundance and density were similar for the Rivers Fortun and Sima stocks of sea trout, and abundance of lice, though not density, was highest for farmed Atlantic salmon. Within stocks, there were no differences in infection levels of salmon louse between mature and immature fish, between sexes, or between anal-fin-clipped and non-clipped salmon. Differences in infection level among the sea trout stocks may, it is suggested, reflect genetic differences.

Keywords: Atlantic salmon; genetic; salmon lice; sea trout

Journal Article.  5553 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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