Alien Organisms and trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) will assess whether the use of imported cleaner fish can have a negative impact on biodiversity in Norway.
The Norwegian Environmental Agency requested the assessment.
Corcwing wrasse, ballan wrasse, goldsinny and lumpfish are all used as cleaner fish in aquaculture in Norway, to clean salmon of salmon lice. These species are native to Norway, but the populations are not big enough to meet the needs of the aquaculture. The Norwegian Environmental Agency will use this assessment when considering applications regarding the import and use of cleaner fish.
VKM will identify all species relevant for import and use in aquaculture cleaning, as well as the risks associated with this use. The assessment will focus on these risks: genetic change of local populations, the spread of a species beyond its natural range, and the introduction of new parasites and diseases.
The following people constitute the project group:
The Panel on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment is responsible for the evaluation of the project. The final report will be published September 27th, 2019.