The CFIA has launched an investigation into a suspected finding of ISA at a commercial aquaculture facility in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Agency has placed a quarantine on the facility, and is taking samples for further testing. Confirmatory testing is being conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) at their national reference laboratory in Moncton, New Brunswick. Results are expected within weeks.
If ISA is in fact confirmed, the CFIA will take further disease control actions if warranted and notify the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
At this point, it is too early in the investigation to define the precise measures that would be taken if ISA were confirmed. The response measures taken would depend on a number of factors, including the strain of the virus and biosecurity protocols and procedures at the site location. Any decisions made would be based on sound science.
The CFIA is committed to protecting aquatic animal health and the viability of Canada’s aquaculture industry using the best available science.
In all cases where federally reportable aquatic diseases are suspected or confirmed, the goal is to minimize exposure to infection and the disruptions to producers, while respecting domestic and international obligations to take appropriate and prudent control measures.
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting fish health – both wild and farmed.
Infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) is a reportable disease under the Reportable Disease Regulations. This means that all suspected or confirmed cases must be immediately reported to the CFIA
ISA does not affect human health or food safety, but does pose risks to aquatic animal health and the economy.