Thursday, January 27, 2011

Salmon Farms Must be Tested For Disease

A recent publication in the journal Science revealing the fact that a viral pathogen is likely responsible for high prespawn mortality in Fraser Sockeye has opened a pandoras box of questions about the potential role of open net pen salmon farms in introducing or spreading disease to wild populations. DFO has also indicated that similar viral symptoms have been identified in both chinook and coho, aduts and juveniles. While the magnitude of the disease and its impacts is unknown there is a glaring need for more research and it is critical that DFO test salmon farms as a potential source or vector for the disease. Canadians and Americans need to be concerned about these developments. Salmon do not stop at the international border and if a viral disease is widespread in the Strait of Georgia the chances are it is likely affecting Puget Sound salmon as well. More information at Alex Morton's blog:

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