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Topilouse: A multi-disciplinary effort to improve topical treatments in salmon louse control

FHF, NFR 199 392, commercial partners

Project leader
Peter Andreas Heuch

The primary objective of the project is to produce knowledge and means to study, evaluate and develop efficient and secure topical treatments against sea lice in sea cages and well boats. This will be carried out in close cooperation with the project industry partners: The salmon farming companies Marine Harvest ASA and Salmar Farming, the pharmacy firms PHARMAQ and Novartis Animal Health, the equipment providers Rantex AS and Storevik Aqua AS, and the Well Boat Owners’ Association. Research organisations include the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (Project head, Oslo), the research institutes SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture (Trondheim) and Institute of Marine Research (Bergen). International partners include the Atlantic Veterinary College (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada) and Strathclyde University, Scotland, UK.

Secondary objectives are to acquire knowledge on free dynamics of currents developing during bath treatments in cages, to provide knowledge on the fluid dynamics and simulation tools to develop systems which can improve mixing of therapeutant and oxygen during treatments, and to establish physical, physiological and behavioural data from tank and cage studies with fish under treatment. The data will be merged into a model system where topical treatments can be studied, evaluated and further developed under predictable conditions. The project also seeks to improve delousing methods and dosage systems in well boats, provide security systems for fish and staff, and to establish a lice counting method to evaluate treatment efficiency.


  • Marine Harvest ASA
  • Salmar Farming
  • Novartis Animal Health
  • Rantex AS
  • Storvik Aqua AS
  • Brønnbåteiernes forening
  • Havforskningsinstituttet
  • SINTEF Fiskeri og havbruk
  • Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Strathclyde University
  • Norges Forskningsråd
  • Fiskeri og Havbruksnæringens Forskningsfond 

Duration: 01.01.2010 - 31.12.2012