Re: Gill maggots/copods/parasites ??
it is unusual IMO to see that in cold water. usually these infestations are acute in warm water situations. i have not read about wateree but know that some anchor worms can cause problems in fish if are infested for a long time and are prone to infection due to elevated wound numbers. this beast is most likely what is called ERGASISLIS. most of the time found in the gills but again in warmer water. testing was done and found if they bathed the fish in a percentage of salt/fresh water for a few weeks it eliminates/removes or kills the parasite. not entirely sure if infections due to parasites would warrant the abstinence of consumption however.