Is the provincial vet Dr. Gary Marty trying to give us piece of mind when he says they tested 197 fish over two months in 2010 and found the Piscine reovirus (PRV )in about 75% of them? (yet the BC Salmon Farmers say they see no sign of the disease). Gary goes on to say, "we were certainly concerned at first but when we tested, we found it in healthy fish the same amount as we saw in sick fish then decided it probably was not a high priority for us and we essentially put it aside."
Test results report 44 out of 45 farm salmon purchased from the Superstore and T&T markets throughout Vancouver tested positive for a newly identified Norwegian virus. The piscine reovirus weakens the fish’s heart causing Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI). HSMI is considered a “major challenge
” in Norway infecting over 400 farms since it’s symptoms first appeared in 1999. It has spread to the U.K.
"The virus reportedly spreads easily to wild fish near the pens like “wildfire
”. There is no information on how it affects wild Pacific salmon."
How many women with shopping carts does it take to find one of the most lethal diseases known to farmed salmon ISAv or Infectious Salmon Anemia virus????
It just takes four.
The hard thing is parting with good money for farmed Atlantic salmon at the supermarket. Unfortunately, finding ISA virus in those fish is seeming to be the easy part. I wish it all was a joke but it is not. The latest results are the most shocking of all. Read the details on Alexandra Morton's blog.