BDN, Salmon Business feature UMaine work with lumpfish
The Bangor Daily News and Salmon Business featured research at the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) looking at using lumpfish to combat sea lice on salmon farms. Steve Eddy, director of CCAR and lead investigator on the project, said UMaine researchers have been learning to get lumpfish to spawn and then how to grow them relatively quickly. Lumpfish are smaller than a pea when they are young, but they can grow from weighing one gram to weighing two kilograms — roughly the size of a football — in less than two years. “Some of them seem to eat more sea lice than others. They get lazy when they get older,” Eddy said.