A number of BAMP research objectives have been agreed and are described below. Some of these activities are being undertaken soley by members of the BAMP Science Team and some with collaborating researchers.
- BAMP Database / Virtual Research Environment (VRE) Development - now that the BAMP-VRE is available to researchers the completion of analytical work and the writing of scientific papers will be facilitated by the ability to share and compare data-sets within a common environment.
- Modelling sea lice population dynamics on salmon farms in Broughton Archipelago - successful analyses of sea lice population growth and efficacy of SLICE treatment has been carried out. The result of this work was published in April 2013 and it is hoped the further modelling research can be undertaken to expand on and extend this work.
- Hydrodynamic modelling – on-going modelling of circulation, temperature, and salinity fields is taken place with results from earlier work being used in a model that hindcasts the dispersion and growth/mortality of lice originating on farms.
- ACRDP Elements of the hydrodynamic and other modelling research will be supported by a BAMP-linked research project that was successful in obtaining funding through DFO's ACRDP in 2012 and is managed by two of the Science Team members (Chandler and Foreman).
- Epidemiological summaries of sea lice infestation on farmed and wild salmon in the Broughton Archipelago – this research commenced in 2012 and included an assessment of the structure of the BAMP database/VRE and the scope of the interface i.e. database manipulation. The research developed high-level data queries ("descriptive epidemiological summaries") that allowed for an exploration of variations in spatial and temporal patterns in different data sets. The results of this research are being collated in the form of a scientific paper which should be published in a peer reviewed journal later in the spring of 2013.
- Historical analysis of sea lice counts on wild fish – this research also commenced in 2012. Eight years of sea lice count data from wild salmon were analysed to compare and contrast lice profiles seen in the historical data and to provide a better understanding of the migration patterns of the various wild salmonid species in the Broughton Archipelago. The results of this work were provided to BAMP Science Team members in an internal report and the main outcomes and modelling approach are being submitted to a peer reviewed journal with the expectation of publication in the summer of 2013.