Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Federal Agency Confirms ISA in Shelburne Harbour

An outbreak of a serious salmon virus has been confirmed at a Shelburne Harbour fish farm. The operation is owned by New Brunswick based Cooke Aquaculture. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the results on Wednesday and determined infectious salmon anemia was present at the company's operation in Shelburne. The virus does not affect human health or food safety. It can, however, kill up to 90 per cent of infected fish depending on the strain. The federal agency says measures are being taken to prevent further spread of the disease, and it will continue to test the rest of the salmon at the facility. The fish farm remains under quarantine. Thousands of salmon were destroyed after ISA was suspected at the operation last month.