The Browman and Skiftesvik Lab, and David Fields and other collaborators, have developed a series of prototype traps for capturing and retaining salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis). These traps take advantage of data collected from behavioral observations and neurophysiological assays to determine the optimal host signals for the parasite.

“Kjenner lusa på gangen” – is a video, released in 2012, about our lice trap development project in cooperation with Eker Design and the Norwegian Design Council presented by Bård Eker at Norwegian Design Day 2012. Click HERE to watch the video (note that is is mostly in Norwegian).

The research on which the design of these traps is based has been reported in the following publications.

Novales Flamarique, I., H.I. Browman, M. Bélanger & K. Boxaspen. 2000. Ontogenetic changes in visual responses of the parasitic salmon louse, Lepeoptheirus salmonis. Journal of Experimental Biology 203: 1649-1657. Read the paper

Browman, H.I., K. Boxaspen & P. Kuhn. 2004. The effect of light on the settlement of the parasitic salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) onto Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Journal of Fish Diseases 27: 701-708. Read the paper

Fields, D., M. Weissburg & H.I. Browman. 2007. Chemoreception in the salmon louse (Lepeoptheirus salmonis): an electrophysiological approach. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 78: 161-168. Read the paper

Fields, D.M., H.I. Browman & A.B. Skiftesvik. 2018. Behavioural responses of infective-stage copepodids of the salmon louse (Lepeoptheirus salmonis) to host related sensory cues. Journal of Fish Diseases (in press). Read the paper

Contact Howard Browman for more information.