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Cooke Harvests Salmon in NL Site Due to ISA

UNDERCURRENT NEWS

Cooke harvests salmon farm after Newfoundland ISA find
By Tom Seaman March 16, 2018 15:15 GMT

Canada’s Cooke Aquaculture is harvesting a farm in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador after the government detected infectious salmon anemia (ISA), a virus potentially fatal to the fish but harmless to humans.

According to a statement from Cooke, the ISA diagnosis in Newfoundland -- from February -- was identified during the province’s routine surveillance program “and confirms that the program is effective”.

Cooke is “harvesting the positive farm and will continue to harvest the entire farm”, said Chuck Brown, a Cooke spokesman, in a statement emailed to Undercurrent News.

The farm is in Gaultois (see map below), in Newfoundland. Brown did not respond to a request from Undercurrent for the number of fish impacted.

All transport and processing of fish is being conducted under the oversight of the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture veterinarian, Brown said.