Positive ISA test at Cooke-owned-site containing 340,000 salmon

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Virus discovered at Cold Ocean Salmon farm in Newfoundland, Canada.

In a press release, Cooke Aquaculture writes that a site at its subsidiary Cold Ocean Salmon received a positive test result for Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus (ISAv).

The salmon farm site is located near McCallum, NL, Canada, and contains six cages that are stocked with approximately 340,000 Atlantic salmon.

The ISAv detection was identified as a result of the FLR Atlantic salmon aquatic animal health surveillance program.

“The company is making plans for fish removal using approved and biosecure Standard Operating Procedures. This proactive approach to removing fish immediately following a detection has proven to be the most successful method for managing this virus,” wrote a Cooke spokesperson.

“The company has taken all the responsible steps under the oversight of the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Land Resources and is following government-approved policies,” he added.