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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Friday announced the launch of a two-year disease surveillance plan for British Columbia salmon.

The aim of the surveillance is to better understand the health of British Columbia salmon. Fish will be tested for three diseases: infectious haematopoietic necrosis, infectious pancreatic necrosis and infectious salmon anemia.

About 5,000 wild salmon will be collected annually for a minimum of two years, starting this spring. In addition, the CFIA will evaluate ongoing, industry-led testing of farmed salmon.

The plan is based on internationally accepted surveillance principles and developed by CFIA in consultation with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Province of British Columbia and the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

CFIA is accepting public comment on the surveillance plan at naahppnsaa@inspection.gc.ca through 16 March.

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