New case of infectious salmon anemia at south coast aquaculture site confirmed

Louis Power
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A new case of ISA (infectious salmon anemia) has been reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) at south coast aquaculture site.

The provincial government is monitoring the situation, according to a news release from the department of fisheries and aquaculture, and protocols are in place to limit the spread of the virus, which was discovered Monday.

The CFIA, which is receiving support from the Centre for Aquaculture Health and Development in St. Albans, put the site under quarantine today as a precaution.

“While ISA is not harmful to humans, if not managed properly it could cause further risk to other fish farms in the region,” Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Derrick Dalley said in the news release.

“Thus far, there is no sign of the virus spreading. However, in all cases where aquatic diseases are suspected or confirmed, the goal is to minimize exposure to infection and disruption to producers, while respecting obligations to take appropriate and prudent precautionary control measures. For that reason, CFIA had previously quarantined the infected site and our government will continue to provide any and all necessary support as the situation evolves and a depopulation order for the infected fish is issued.”

Dalley, along with Dr. Daryl Whelan, director of aquatic health and development, will speak with the media about the case at 4 p.m. today in front of the House of Assembly. The Telegram will provide more information as it becomes available. 

Organizations: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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  • Bill bBryden
    February 26, 2013 - 03:35

    Hi Bob and David; David. If you have the flu genome being reproduced in your body...can this be passed on to a wild neighbor? Ans...yes of course. So exactly what is the difference between being sick and being able to pass on a sickness...ans. VERY LITTLE. ie semantics. Bob. Don't worry my friend some of us have a solution for that issue as well (keeping it local) BUT we are not about to give it to bad stewards of our environment so they can make even more fast easy money and more threats to our future and wellbeing. Nor, will we write about it in the press or emails. It is being discussed while sitting on a river bank and only amoung those that should be hearing it. ;-) We want newfoundlanders to have jobs too. ;-)

  • Bill Bryden
    December 19, 2012 - 08:12

    There is ONLY one answer....good leaders that force the aquaculture investors to use closed containment systems on dry land. They can be started virtually anywhere, will not spread disease to wild fish, are cost effective, and are being developed here in Canada but NOT in NL....why?

    • bobmilne
      December 21, 2012 - 12:33

      Careful what you wish for Bill. In the unlikely event that aquaculture is forced onto dry land; there will be no need to locate the farms anywhere near Newfoundland and Labrador. They will be found on the outskirts of places like NY and LA near to the markets our rural economies will lose out once again. Perhaps you could then start an underwater chicken farm which will be equally cost-effective.

  • David Groman
    December 18, 2012 - 15:14

    Dearn Louis Power, With reference to your article "New case of infectious salmon anemia at south coast aquaculture site confirmed", you artilce implys that there is a disease outbreak at this site, is this the case ? Or, has there only been some testing that has been positive for either the virus or viral genome ? Do you know the entire situation ? The term "Case" when used to report disease in animal populations is generally applied to clinical disease where animal are dying or are moribund. If you only have confirmed test resuls, without clinical disease, then it is more appropriate to indicated that animals at the farm or site have tested positive for a agent (in this case a virus) and are "carriers" of the virus but are not necessarily dying from the virus.