Larval stage sea lice in aquaculture
We are working towards a sensor for real-time, automated detection and classification of larval stage salmon lice. Aiming for an early detection of the larval parasites before they attach to the host fish, we hope to improve the treatment planning and the use of preventive, non-medical treatment for the farmers. We have showed that autofluorescence in the animals can be used to distinguish algae-eating species of zooplankton, which comprise the majority of zooplankton in the Norwegian waters, from non-eating species like salmon lice larvae. Currently, we are developing a prototype for proof of concept of continuous monitoring and classification of salmon lice against relevant species abundant near Norwegian salmon farms.