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CFIA Orders Farmed Salmon Slaughter

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CFIA orders fish destroyed
18 Jun 2013.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has ordered that approximately 800,000 fish at a Gray Aquaculture site in Goblin Bay be destroyed.

A statement released in the week of June 2 to June 8, by the CFIA read in part: ‘Given the similarity of the strain between the site and the other site where an Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) was detected in December 2012, the CFIA has issued an Order to Destroy and is working with the industry in order to depopulation process.’

The CFIA has also placed control measures on the movement of people, vessels, equipment and fish onto or off the premises in order to prevent any potential disease spread.

According to CFIA policies, the Agency may order animals destroyed once receiving laboratory confirmation of ISA or once linking epidemiologically a new site to a previously confirmed site, which is the case in this situation.

In all cases where federally reportable aquatic diseases are suspected or confirmed, the goal is to prevent the spread of the disease start the to other aquaculture sites and to susceptible wild fish in the vicinity.

The CFIA said that the source of these events had not been confirmed. However, there are several possible ways that the fish may have contracted the ISA, including transfer from wild fish or from previously infected sites.

How situation may affect Gray plant in Hermitage

Clyde Collier, an official with Gray Aquaculture, said on June 7 that the company was waiting on the approval of the provincial government to start its operation at the Hermitage plant.

Collier said that the company has enough fish on hand to keep the facility in operation from mid to late June to the end of September of this year.

Collier said that Gray would not have any of its own fish to have the plant in operation from October 2013 to October 2014. The company is hoping to have some fish some another aquaculture company to process in that time period.

It should be noted, however, that the company had no guarantee as of June 7 that it could, or would, obtain fish from other aquaculture companies in the area.