Cull ordered at south coast salmon farm

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As many as a half million fish at a salmon farm on the south coast of Newfoundland will be killed, according to a local media report.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) began investigating a possible case of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) at the Gray Aqua site in Hermitage Bay, on the south coast of Newfoundland, late last month.

Thursday, the CFIA reportedly ordered a cull of the fish at the Gray Aqua site after tests came back positive.

This is the third case of ISA reported in the past year. Last summer, salmon from a Gray Aqua site in Butter Cove was destroyed after a case of ISA was confirmed. Clyde Collier, vice-president of Gray Aqua, said at the time the affected fish would be made into fish meal.

Fish at the Cooke Aquaculture plant at Pot Harbour in Hermitage Bay also tested positive for ISA in December 2012.

ISA, which can cause disease in fish, does not affect humans, according to the CFIA.

Organizations: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Hermitage Bay, Butter Cove

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Recent comments

  • W Bagg
    June 06, 2013 - 17:31

    If it's still profitable after the last 2 ISA outbreaks where farmers can loose millions of fish, I getting into teh Aquaculture business

    • D Wells
      June 23, 2013 - 08:22

      Now, clean up the site at Butter Cove so as all equipment doesn't drift throughout the bay.