One popular food item is about to get very expensive

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By Elizabeth Keatinge

Do you like salmon? Well your favorite fish is about to get very expensive.

According to TIME, there has been a widespread global contamination by a tiny pest known as sea lice that eat salmon's blood and skin.

According to data from the Nasdaq Salmon index, the price has climbed more than 15% in the last three months.

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Norwegian salmon prices jumped 40% from 2015 to 2016.

The Financial Times says those prices are going to keep climbing.

Sea lice aren't a new pest, but their effect has grown more widespread as more large salmon farms have been built.

Salmon farmers have tried to use pesticides to control the problem, but some sea lice strands have become immune.

Others have spent millions building farms where the pests can't thrive.

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