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Virus worries salmon advocates

Virus worries salmon advocates

by Tim Flanagan on November 1, 2011

JUDITH LAVOIE, Victoria TIMES COLONIST:

Wild-salmon advocates fear that tests showing a serious virus in one Fraser River coho and two wild sockeye salmon mean the European strain of infectious salmon anemia could be spreading through B.C.’s wild salmon runs.

But B.C. Salmon Farmers Association spokeswoman Mary Ellen Walling said the positive laboratory tests at the Atlantic Veterinary College have yet to be confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

"The CFIA is now doing additional testing on the sockeye and coho to see if they are false positives, which is quite common," she said.

Salmon farmers are worried because the virulent strain of ISA has been shown to kill Atlantic salmon, which are raised in B.C. salmon farms, Walling said.

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1 Larry H November 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

Here is a link to more information about the virus.

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/

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