Sea Lice in open sea aquaculture is the most significant and widespread pathogenic marine parasite, causing health issues for cultured fish and a severe risk for the marine environment.
The LiceSonic research project, a Eurostars project that aims to develop a chemical-free solution to control sea lice in open finfish production, has now reached the field-testing phase. In early June 2019, the first field tests will begin in five open sea aquaculture cages in Norway. The solution developed by the European Consortium, coordinated by LG Sonic, will test a sea lice treatment method that combines real-time water and fish monitoring with ultrasound technology. Low power ultrasonic sound waves are a technology proven to treat algal blooms in large water surfaces, as shown by MPC-Buoy systems all over the world. These sound waves have proven to be harmless to fish and other aquatic life, such as zooplankton.
LG Sonic after sales manager and LiceSonic project coordinator Kristin Prantus said: “We started the development of LiceSonic in May 2017, so we are really looking forward to the first test installation. We believe that LiceSonic will offer a sustainable solution to the salmon industry and keep salmon consumers safe from chemicals or antibiotics in their food.” The development of chemical-free sea lice treatment emphasizes the company’s core DNA, offering cutting-edge technological solutions for the water treatment industry.
LiceSonic is a Eurostars project coordinated by LG Sonic. Eurostars is co-funded by Eureka Member Countries and the European Union Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. The project officially began on 1 May 2017 and will take 30 months. Previously, LG Sonic has coordinated and participated in several European Funded (FP7) projects, such as Clearwater-PMPC, DRONIC, CHEM-FREE (FP6), and FISH-CWUS (EUREK).