ISA in BC Salmon – An Update

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In the media and at the Cohen Commission hearings over the past few weeks, there has been much discussion focused on the appearance of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) in Pacific Coast salmon. At this time, we are hearing from an array of scientists and specialists, and yet there are still no concrete answers. The general message from the media and the Cohen Commission hearings over the past few days is that there is an ISA virus detected among the fish. Much discussion and controversy is centered around who said what, who tested what, how accurate their results  are, and how long ISA has actually been detected in the fish. More than three research bodies (including the DFO, CFIA, and academic researchers) have differing results.

This week, the CFIA announced that over the next two years, they will conduct an intensive testing of the salmon in farms, processing plants, rivers, and open ocean from various points along the Pacific coast to obtain more concrete answers.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency plans to test nearly 8,000 wild and farmed salmon over the next two years to find out if three potentially deadly fish diseases are present in British Columbia waters.

The project is an intensive investigation aimed at detecting any signs on the West Coast of infectious salmon anemia, infectious pancreatic necrosis or infectious hematopoietic necrosis. [Read full article].

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