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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Norwegian Fish Farm Giant's Stocks Tumble on News of Clayoquot Infectious Disease Outbreak

Canada's beleaguered salmon farming industry is battling a full-blown disease crisis - on both coasts. Dead farmed salmon - so-called 'morts' - are piling up on the Eastern and Western coast of Canada as infectious diseases kill hundreds of thousands of fish.

Photos taken yesterday (18 May) in Tofino, British Columbia, show mort bins (called 'totes') waiting to offload any dead and diseased farmed salmon.

Biosecurity measures were in place with security guards blocking the entrance and staff hosing down the facility.

Over half a million farmed salmon (560,000) are being destroyed in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve following an outbreak of the deadly Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis (IHN) at a salmon farm operated by Mainstream Canada (a subsidiary of the Norwegian Government-owned company Cermaq).

"B.C.'s salmon farming industry is on high alert after the discovery of a lethal fish virus at one farm on the west coast of Vancouver Island," reported CBC News (17 May).

"The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has quarantined the farm at Dixon Bay, north of Tofino. Mainstream Canada, which runs the operation, says it will destroy its entire stock of 560,000 one-kilo-sized salmon, to prevent the disease from spreading." Read More