Highly contagious viral disease detected at Cooke-owned Cold Ocean Salmon site containing 310k trout

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Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis virus (IPNv) discovered at site.

In a press release, Cold Ocean Salmon, which is owned by Cooke Aquaculture, writes that it received a positive detection of Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis virus (IPNv) at the Margery Cove marine cage site. The farm site is located near St.Alban’s, NL, and contains 8 cages that are stocked with approximately 310,000 trout.

“The company has taken all the responsible steps under the oversight of the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture and is following government approved policies for reporting,” wrote Cold Ocean Salmon.

According to a paper entitled The Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus (IPNV) and its Virulence Determinants: What is Known and What Should be Known published in the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, Infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN) is a “disease of great concern in aquaculture, mainly among salmonid farmers, since losses in salmonid fish—mostly very young rainbow trout (Salmo gairdnery) fry and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) post-smolt—frequently reach 80–90% of stocks.”