Suspected finding of ISA in COB

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CFIA investigating case

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.


Organizations: Fisheries and Oceans Canada, DFO, World Organization for Animal Health OIE

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Moncton New Brunswick

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Recent comments

  • Calin-Decebal Cojocaru
    December 06, 2012 - 02:46

    It seems to be that the first notification of ISA in wild salmon in Canada last year was correct and all comments afterwards were political conducted as in many notifiable diseases!

  • Kate
    December 05, 2012 - 07:11

    The CFIA, the agriculture and aquaculture and the health ministries set the standards for those producing our food and looking after our health. If this is where they have taken us, genetically modified organisms, no wild halibut, no wild cod, no wild salmon, listeriosis, e coli, mad cow, avian flu, swine flu, from over fishing and industrial farming try and imagine what we will be eating 20 years from now and where it will be coming from. Where is the investigations that need to be done into these ministries?

  • Fred Giffin
    December 04, 2012 - 20:22

    This entire press release reeks with government propaganda and preconceived catch phrases like "sound science". "The CIFA is committed to protecting aquatic animal life and the viability of Canada's aquaculture industry using the best available science". "The government of Canada is committed to protecting fish health, both wild and farmed". At this point, almost everyone who lives near the coasts and river estuaries in British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces KNOWS that the above statements are barefaced lies. There will be no COMMITMENT demonstrated by government until the fin fish farmers are REGULATED AND FORCED to remove the waste from under and around the cages, by some containment method. Anoxic sludge and viral diseases will continue to escalate while lobster fisheries and wild species of every kind will be further damaged. Damage to tourism and residential properties in beaches and shorelines will be increasing as sludge adn waste finds it's way to shorelines. The only science that is used in government is that which supports the propaganda and the avoidance of the real issue. The scientists are being paid to toe the line whether they believe in it or not. Recently a "consultant" to the aquaculture industry spread some totally empty propaganda in the name of science to a group in Halifax. He is obviously compromising his own scientific principles for the $$ available to his consulting business. The use of the word "monitoring" of fish farm sites is on one side amusing, on the other side indicative of the weak attempt to persuade the public that "it's under control". Monitoring is like watching your dog defecate on the sidewalk, regulating is requiring it to be cleaned up. it's time that the fish farm companies are required to clean up the excrement.

  • katiedid
    December 04, 2012 - 20:04

    Do we trust the CFIA and DFO to be looking after our health and that of our oceans? I mean seriously?

  • Brian M
    December 04, 2012 - 12:27

    I am quite concerned with DFO and CFIA'a interpretation of 'sound science'. These 2 agencies have been in the business of protecting salmon farmers and have already hidden ISA outbreaks and confirmations in wild fish for nearly 20 years in an effort to protect salmon farmers and trade agreements. This all came to light at the Cohen Commission. You should ask scientists who are non biased the real interpretation of 'sound science'. And let's not forget the governments muzzling of these scientists who keep finding ISA. I don't think it be wise to trust anything these corrupt agencies put forth to the media. I think its really bad journalism to be mouth puppets for a government that has been guilty of perpetrating illegal activities under the Fisheries Act !

  • Anissa
    December 04, 2012 - 10:41

    I am not surprised that another ISA outbreak could be happening on the East coast. What intrigues me about your article is the numerous "Media Lines" that I am guessing have been supplied to you by gov't / DFO / CFIA . We recently learned at a 26 Million dollar public inquiry into the collapse of British Columbia's most valuable wild salmon run that the Gov't of Canada is not committed at all to protecting wild salmon health. In fact there is no one in government even tasked with this. Just recently Ron McLeod, a former director general of the DFO, has written a paper on how Canada manages its wild fish and he titles it: "Epic Fail". Just think about how well DFO managed your cod and you might understand how they are managing wild salmon. So thank you for reporting that there is likely another case of ISA on the East coast but as for your article in its entirety, I hope you charged the government your going add rates. That's all it is.. empty advertising.