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Assessing the impact imported cleaner fish can have on the environment

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Ordered: 18.11.2018

Publishing: 27.09.2019

 
 

Key message:

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.

Mandate

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 project group

The following people constitute the project group:

  • Eli Ruenessopens in new window – VKM member of the Panel on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Chair of the project group. 
  • Johanna Järnegrenopens in new window – VKM member of the Panel on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
  • Espen Rimstadopens in new window – VKM member of the Panel on Animal Health and Welfare.
  • Tor Atle Mo – external expert, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).
  • Snorre Gulla – external expert, The Norwegian Veterinary Institute (VI)
  • Kim Halvorsen – external expert, Institute of Marine Research (HI).
  • Paul Berg – external expert, University of Agder (UiA).
  • Martin Malmstrømopens in new window, VKM Secretariat, project manager.

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.

Contact

The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment

T: 21 62 28 00
@: vkm@vkm.no


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