Wrasse
Labrus sp.

Wrasse

Several species of wild-caught cleaner fish are being used by farmers to control of sea lice including; corkwing wrasse (Symphodus melops), goldsinny wrasse (Ctenolabrus rupestris) and the ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta) The focus of most commercial wrasse hatchery production is on producing enough ballan wrasse to become a principle solution to combat infections Skretting provides both hatchery and in-cage feed solutions to maintain the wrasse in good health throughout their growth cycle.

Cleaner fish

Wrasse along with Lumpsuckers provide effective control of sea lice by eating the parasites directly off the salmon or as the lice move in the water column. However during periods of low lice numbers, the availability of a commercial diet such as Amber Neptun ST allows the cleaner fish to maintain condition and effectiveness.

Starter Feed

Due to the small size of wrasse larvae, they require a live feed phase before being weaned onto formulated feeds. The Ori Gro and Gemma range of diets provide the specific nutritional requirements for good larval quality, growth and survival.

Lice Control

From smolt input to harvest, the salmon are susceptible to sea lice. Wrasse can play a significant role as part of a wider suite of integrated pest management practices to provide effective control throughout the production cycle. It is vital for wrasse welfare that feed is made available to them during periods of low lice numbers. Contact Skretting for advice how best to feed your cleanerfish.