Friday, 8 January 2016

ISAV in BC, Canada , Updated Jan 12, 2016

Sad but true, in addition to all the other problems with fish farms in the ocean, ISA has been detected in farmed and wild salmon in BC, as well as searun cutthroat trout. Fish farms need to be on land, or they can go back to Norway and set up on land because the Norwegian government is so fed up with their environmental damage it is giving our free licences, a $9- to $12-million subsidy, to get them out of the water. ISA was first developed in Norway in 1984 - only one issue.

Here is a good summary link that leads you to a number of the Exhibits at the Cohen Commission and historical documents on ISA in one spot: http://discoverynewvariantisav.typepad.com/.

And the Conservation Council of NB calls for taking fish farms out of the water because ISA, which has plagued the east coast industry, should not be allowed in the ocean anymore in net pens: http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/fish-farm-biosecurity-inadequate-to-protect-wild-salmon/.

As well, there are documents on Alexandra Morton's site for the date, Jan 9, 2016: http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/.

The authors are:

Corresponding author, Dr. Fredrick Kibenge chair of the Department of Pathology and Microbiology,  Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island has been publishing on the ISA virus in Chile and Canada since 2004.
Lead author, Dr. Molly Kibenge is a research associate in the Department of Virology, Pathology and Microbiology and an Adjunct & Graduate Faculty member. 
Dr. Yingwei Wang is an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
Toki Iwamoto is a Laboratory Technologist, University of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Richard Routledge is a professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University and has spent 14 years studying the decline of the sockeye salmon in Rivers Inlet.
Phone: 604-941-6976
Alexandra Morton, independent field biologist with Raincoast Research Society has published extensively on sea lice impacts of net pen salmon farming.
Phone: 250-974-7086



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