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We study the genetics of robustness in salmon to thermal stress and sea-lice to improve the robustness of salmon and lumpfish under climate change.

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Primary objective

The primary objective of FutureFish is to improve the robustness of salmon and lumpfish under a changing climate scenario through investigating the genetics of robustness in salmon to thermal stress and sea-lice and improving the sea-lice eating ability of lumpfish.

Secondary objectives

To achieve the primary objective of FutureFish, the secondary objectives are to:

  1. Quantify genetic parameters and identify the genomic regions and key genes involved in growth and survival of salmon in response to thermal stress.
  2. Study the effects of temperature on skin health and mucus characteristics of Atlantic salmon.
  3. Analyse and compare chemical and microbial communities of the skin mucus between the two extreme groups of fish with respect to lice counts.
  4. Investigate the physical, biological and chemical properties of salmon skin mucus that are involved in sea lice resistance and its tolerance to lice burden induced by increased water temperature.
  5. Quantify genetic parameters and identify genomic regions and key genes related to salmon skin mucus properties.
  6. Identify key genes involved in sea-lice eating ability in lumpfish.