Canada to assess risks of virus transfer from farmed salmon
By Undercurrent News Sep. 26, 2018
The Canadian government will carry out a scientific review to assess risks associated with piscine reovirus transfer from Atlantic salmon farms to wild salmon, it said.
Jonathan Wilkinson, the country's minister for fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced the initiative, which aims to support "decision making on sustainable aquaculture and aquatic animal health in Canada, including in the Discovery Islands and Broughton Archipelago".
The review will include domestic and international scientific experts, including those from the government, academia, Indigenous communities, NGOs, and industry, according to Wilkinson.
A final report will be publically available in early 2019.
This is one of ten risk assessments that the country is undertaking to understand the risk of pathogen transfer associated with aquaculture activities, including in the Discovery Islands area, to Pacific sockeye.