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Deadly salmon virus - 1 more reason to protect Bristol Bay's wild salmon fishery | Sylvia Fallon via @NRDC:

Deadly salmon virus - 1 more reason to protect Bristol Bay's wild salmon fishery | Sylvia Fallon via @NRDC:

You may have heard that the voters of Bristol Bay Alaska approved an initiative earlier this week to protect the Alaska wild salmon fishery from the massive Pebble Mine and other large-scale extraction that would damage salmon habitat. You may not have heard that, on the same day, scientists announced the discovery of the presence of a deadly salmon virus in British Columbia that could threaten the entire Pacific Northwest fisheries. The infectious salmon anemia virus (ISV ) was first found in Norway in 1984 and quickly spread throughout Europe. It largely only affects Atlantic salmon, but has been accidentally introduced via fish farming to areas such as Chile where the virus devastated the industry – causing millions of salmon deaths, driving the global price of salmon up and laying off more than a thousand Chilean workers. What is most troubling about this week’s discov...

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