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.
Alexandra Morton has spent thousands of hours combing through the documents submitted to the Cohen Inquiry that was trying to find reason for the 20 year decline and collapse of the Fraser River Sockeye. She explains the situation well in an interview (LISTEN HERE)
and has put together an "Evidence" poster based on information pulled from the inquiry to help others understand the gravity of the situation and the need to remove fish feedlots to protect our wild salmon.
Confirmation came today from the OIE reference lab that five of our twenty nine samples of farmed Atlantic salmon purchased from three different T & T markets in the lower mainland tested positive for the Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus, one of the most deadliest viruses known to salmon that has been following the salmon feedlot industry around the world.
In addition one more chum salmon from the Vedder River tested positive.
This is insanity. This is ridiculous. This shines a spotlight into the willful blindness of DFO. How is it that we can find ISA in Atlantic salmon heads purchased from a grocery store but it remains ellusive to government and industry?