Cooke confirms ISA outbreak in Newfoundland

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First discovery of ISA in the province since 2013. 

According to CBC News Canada, thousands of farmed salmon at a Cooke site on Newfoundland’s south coast are being harvested after five of 35 fish tested positive for infectious salmon anemia (ISA).

“As soon as it was identified, we issued a quarantine order for that site,” Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne said.

Cooke has decided to harvest all fish at the site, beginning with the 50,000 in the cage where ISA was found. Byrne added that ISA has not been detected in the remaining cages.

Mel Hall, representative of Cooke Aquaculture, said ISA doesn’t really go away. “It’s in the natural environment,” he told CBC News.