Lumpfish Research

Lumpfish Research at UNH

Lumpfish are being grown at the Coastal Marine Lab to investigate their use as cleanerfish at cage-reared salmonid farms in the US. Researchers are addressing existing lumpfish culture gaps, developing husbandry guides and SOPs to enable the development of a US lumpfish industry, showing proof of concept that lumpfish are effective cleanerfish for steelhead trout as well as for Atlantic salmon, and providing the salmonid industries with feasible techniques so that sea lice mitigation is less costly and more sustainable. UNH is a founding member of the US Lumpfish Consortium, a collaborative program which pro-vides techniques, knowledge, and protocols to support commercial production of lumpfish in the US and bene-fit the salmonid industry. For additional information contact Elizabeth Fairchild.