- During the out-migration period (March to June) in each of the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 a range of trips to sample wild salmon were carried out under the auspices of the BAMP project.
- At each site (approximately 100 per trip), lethal samples were collected. These were then randomly divided in half and sent to two different laboratories (Salmon Coast Field Station, Echo Bay and the BC Center for Aquatic Health Sciences, Campbell River) for assessment under microscope. Project specific laboratory quality assurance protocols were developed to ensure lice assessment data were audited on a real time basis.
- The results from these sampling trips and the subsequent laboratory assessment of sea lice levels are available under "the results" menu option at this site.
- Research within BAMP has shifted to focus more on the analyses of existing and the creation of models to better understand interactions and provide appropriate management and/or policy advice. There are currently no sampling trips planned for 2013.
- Weather stations were deployed at 9 locations throughout the archipelago to collect meteorological data that will be used to force a hydrodynamic ocean circulation model.
- Data Sharing Agreements were signed by all of the BAMP Science Team members (government, researchers and farming industry) in 2010, agreeing to share historical data sets.
- As a result of these Data Sharing Agreements, a comprehensive database has been created which incorporates recent and historic wild and farm salmon data to provide analytical support for a range of research exercises. This database has been accessible to all researchers within BAMP since the summer of 2012 and allows the more recent wild salmon sampling activities to be placed in the context of longer term historical trends.
- Preliminary population modelling was undertaken using 2010 sea lice data from wild and farmed salmon, this helped to guide appropriate protocol development and also to identify sites that were most likely to provide meaningful numbers of fish to help focus more limited sampling effort in 2012.
- Modelling techniques were used to analyze patterns of sea lice population growth and efficacy of SLICE treatment. The overall objective was an improved understanding of sea lice population dynamics on farms to inform management strategies that minimize sea lice risks to wild salmon. The results of this research were presented in the form of a peer-reviewed scientific paper which was published in April 2013 (see publications).