Modeling in support of Coordinated Area Management Production plan

PARR-2008-P-13

Description

As part of a B.C. Pacific Salmon Forum (PSF) project, Dario Stucchi and Mike Foreman have developed two computer models for the Broughton Archipelago:

  1. a three-dimensional numerical circulation model that, with appropriate forcing for specific time periods, is capable of simulating velocity, salinity and temperature fields throughout the region, and
  2. a model of sea lice dispersal and development/behaviour that uses the 3D circulation model currents to disperse the planktonic larvae and model temperature and salinity fields to control their development and mortality.

The Broughton aquaculture industry has recently proposed a Coordinated Area Management Production (CAMP) plan wherein a combination of SLICE® treatments and fallowing will be used to minimize potential lice infections on wild juvenile salmon migrating seaward past fish farms. As a guide to the future implementation of CAMP and in consultation with industry, we propose using our two models to investigate how the 2008 infective pressures would have changed under different treatment/fallowing scenarios.

Program Name

Program for Aquaculture Regulatory Research (PARR)

Year(s)

2008 - 2009

Ecoregion(s)

Pacific: Vancouver Island West Coast

Principal Investigator(s)

Dario Stucchi
Email: Dario.Stucchi@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Mike Foreman
Email: Mike.Foreman@dfo-mpo.gc.ca