R3 honouree’s research improves profits of salmon farms
Dr. Amber Garber of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre received the R3 Award at R3 Gala 2016 on March 23rd for her selective breeding program for salmon. Her salmon broodstock are set to have a higher growth rate, sea lice and bacterial kidney disease resistance. Sea lice resistance reduces the need to bathe the fish in peroxide, which makes the fish stop eating and growing for at least a week every time it is administered. Bacterial kidney disease resistance significantly reduces the need to use antibiotics. All in, her program will increase the market value by producing higher quality fish devoid of the defects in-breeding can produce, lower livestock death rate, and improve environmental conditions.