ProChaete is to supply the University of Stirling’s prestigious Institute of Aquaculture with tailor-made wrasse feed for a round of trials which will be rigorously monitored.
In a project involving Marine Harvest, the Technology Strategy Board and Scottish Sea Farms, the Institute, a world leader in aquaculture research, is finding solutions for the current bottlenecks in commercial wrasse production.
As parasites such as sea lice become resitant to the chemical treatments currenty available, use of wrasse as cleaner fish has become a priority - but taking them from the wild is not a sustainable option.
ProChaete CEO OddGeir Oddsen, who has had many years of experience in the salmon farming industry, says: ‘We recognise how important it is to be able to raise wrasse in a dependable and cost-effective way, as use of cleaner fish is the most environmentally-friendly way to control sea lice.
Watch a film about the Institute of Aquaculture's wrasse project: