Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Leaked Report: DFO Knew of ISAv in 2004

A Map of Salmon Farms in Southern BC and Washington

Research by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans dating back to 2004 has emerged which suggests the department knew of Infecious Salmon Anemia virus (ISAv) in British Columbia as early as 2004. The research which tested several species of salmon found the disease in 117 fish but was never published. Despite the importance of the work, DFO has not allowed researchers to publish their findings.

Recently researchers at Simon Fraser University and the Raincoast Research Society have documented ISAv in salmon in the Lower Fraser River and as far north as River's Inlet, prompting international concern and US agencies have initiated comprehensive testing in Puget Sound and Southeast Alaska. Canadian agencies however, have maintained that ISAv is not confirmed in British Columbia raising questions about their credibility and their cozy relationship with international fish farming corporations operating in British Columbia.

More information in the Seattle PI:

Read the leaked report here:

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