Posted by: Bob Payne | December 2, 2011

Did Canada cover up deadly salmon virus? Report suggests yes

Call it Salmongate. The deepening controversy over who knew what and when about a deadly virus that may or may not have been detected in West Coast salmon would be obscure fodder for biologists if there weren’t so much at stake — the health of the West’s dwindling stocks of wild salmon, for one. And Canada’s $2.1-billion fish farming industry.

Salmon advocates have been reeling for weeks over hotly contested reports that the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus that has devastated fish stocks in Europe and South America had been detected in three British Columbia wild salmon — findings that the Canadian government says have not been confirmed.

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  1. Very interesting about the salmon virus. More attention needs to be paid to the salmon consumer in this instance. Big, easy to read labels with sustainability information should accompany all seafood sales. What are your thoughts on educating the public on seafood sustainability issues?


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