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THE sea lice count numbers for British Columbia in April show levels in the Okisollo/Hoskyn Channel area continue to be below the threshold for treatment as required by regulation.

Okisollo Channel is located just north of Campbell River and is home to five farms: two of Marine Harvest Canada's, two of Mainstream Canada's and one operated by Grieg Seafood. Hoskyn Channel, on the east side of Quadra Island has four Marine Harvest Canada sites. All three companies have agreed to an area management plan for the channels.

These farms are well managed and highly regulated to ensure that wild stocks migrating past these sites are protected, no matter how many of the farms are operating. Sea lice numbers are monitored regularly and show levels below the threshold levels for treatment as required by regulation (see table below).

Cyrus Rocks was the only farm in the area in operation during the month of April.

Regular sea lice counts are proactively shared by BC's salmon farmers to update the public about sea lice numbers on farm sites in the area throughout the wild salmon outmigration period. These monthly reports will continue through July.

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