CaligusLIFE: Background Information on Project

The web pages presented here are part of a research project entitled ‘CaligusLIFE’, carried out under the leadership of the University of Concepción with funding from the FIE programme in Chile. The entire project is focused on, “Scientific research of excellence towards understanding sea lice biology and its application in control strategies for the salmon industry” and seeks to generate novel and strategic knowledge to improve our understanding of the life cycle and genomics of the aquatic parasite Caligus rogercresseyi.

Part of this project (WP4) seeks to develop models relating to the population dynamics of C. rogercresseyi. As part of this work, an agent-based model (ABM) has been created to simulate the likely outcomes associated with host-parasite interactions of C. rogercresseyi on Chilean salmon farms under and range of realistic scenarios.

As with all models, this ABM cannot completely predict all outcomes under any given set of circumstances. Indeed to reflect the uncertainty that exists in nature, the model is typically iterated over 50 simulation runs, with the ‘average’ behaviours then being reported. In addition, the characterization of various parameters is subject to update and refinement, often based on newly available data sets.

In an attempt to move this research beyond the purely ‘theoretical’, the web pages hosted here provide access to the ABM so that other researchers, farm managers, regulators and others can explore a range of scenarios. Details as to how each scenario should be specified and interpreted are given at the appropriate places within the relevant page.