Salmon stocks across the world have been depleted (Picture: REX)More

Salmon stocks across the world are reportedly being depleted after the hugely popular fish became affected by a surge of parasitic sea lice.

The tiny crustaceans are reportedly infesting salmon farms in the US, Canada, Scotland, Norway and Fish.

The lice attach themselves to salmon before feeding on them, either killing the fish or making it unsuitable for consumption.

The threat reportedly resulted in a loss of $1 billion globally last year, and salmon farmers are now struggling to deal with the lice as they keep evolving.

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