ISA detected at Mowi Newfoundland farm

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Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture announced on Monday that it has detected infectious salmon anemia (ISA) at Mowi’s Newfoundland farm.

The detection has not yet been confirmed. Currently under quarantine, the one pen contains approximately 22,891 fish at an average weight of 2.6 kg, Mowi Canada East confirmed in a statement.

“The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry, and Agriculture’s (FFA) aquatic animal health surveillance program has detected pathogenic Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus in Atlantic salmon contained within one net pen at Mowi’s Canada East’s Little Burdock Cove marine site,” Mowi Canada East said.

“If this suspect detection is confirmed, Mowi will advise of response measures within 24 hours of confirmation. The company is taking all responsible steps under the oversight of the FFA and is following government approved policies,” Mowi Canada East added.

Back in February, Mowi confirmed an ISA outbreak at its Friar Cove site off the south coast of Newfoundland. At the time, Mowi said “the company is taking all responsible steps under the oversight of the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, and is following government approved policies.”

According to Mowi, the February detection occurred in two cages containing a total of approximately 165,000 fish. The marine site is comprised of eight cages containing a total population of approximately 742,711 fish. These fish are an average of approximately 1 kilogram in size.

SalmonBusiness has reached out to Mowi and the Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture for comment.