Benchmark Animal Health releases new product to fight sea lice
Britain-based Benchmark Animal Health, a developer and supplier of health products for the livestock, companion animal and aquaculture sectors, has introduced a new product designed to fight sea lice, a scourge of salmon farmers worldwide.
The new product, Salmosan Vet All-in-One, can be used to treat all stages of multi-resistant sea lice, with field trials demonstrating treatment efficacy of up to 100 percent, according to the company.
The treatment involves a bath regimen using low-salinity water and the Salmosan solution, the company said in a press release.
“We have achieved some extremely positive results with this program and our technical support team has gained some valuable experience regarding water quality parameters (e.g. oxygen, carbon dioxide and ammonia),” the company said. “It is vital that these are managed properly and extra vigilance is needed when holding fish for extended treatment periods. We would encourage all producers to discuss this with us before deploying it on their farms.”
Product trials have killed all stages of lice, even those with resistance to azamethiphos, according to the company.
“’Salmosan Vet All-in-One substantially reduces the time the fish need to spend in a low salinity water treatment therefore reducing stress on the fish and allowing more efficient use of treatment facilities,” the release said. “When used as part of a strategic treatment plan, Salmosan Vet All-in-One program is a significant next step for the effective control of sea lice.”
More information can be found on the company’s website.