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Sea sick: Another virus crashes Canada’s salmon farms

Sea sick: Another virus crashes Canada’s salmon farms

Dead salmon in British Columbia (these ones died from natural causes). (Photo by Carol Browne .) Last month a virus broke out in several open water salmon farms in British Columbia that has the region’s fish farm owners scrambling to mitigate their losses. Called infectious hematopoietic necrosis (IHN), the rabies-like virus was found among salmon in floating net pens belonging to Mainstream Canada, the biggest producer in the region. As a result, B.C. farms culled over 500,000 fish infected with IHN, which spreads rapidly and can kill up to 100 percent of a fish farm’s population. And it’s just the latest disease scandal to hit the province’s salmon farming industry. Critics of the industry say that the farms should have seen this coming. Their own alarm bells have been ringing ever since Rick Routledge, a professor at Simon Fraser University, claimed that wild sockeye te...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/sea-sick-another-virus-crashes-cana...

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