Cooke Aquaculture division Cold Ocean Salmon reports ISA outbreak

Published on
September 28, 2020

Cold Ocean Salmon, a division of Cooke Aquaculture, has reported a positive detection of Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) at its Grip Cove marine cage site.

The site, located near Gaultois, Newfoundland, Canada, contains 7 cages stocked with approximately 485,000 salmon. Cold Ocean Salmon notified the public of the outbreak on 26 September, in accordance with Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry, and Agriculture policies.

According to the notification, the company is “planning to remove the fish using approved and biosecure Standard Operating Procedures.”

“This proactive approach of removing fish following a detection has proven to be the most successful method for managing this virus,” the company said. “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.”

A representative for Cooke Aquaculture had no further information to add on the outbreak when contacted by SeafoodSource.

This isn’t the first ISA outbreak that Cooke Aquaculture affiliates have had to deal with this year. In July, a Newfoundland-based farm had an outbreak that impacted roughly 340,000 salmon. Soon after the first July announcement, a second was made regarding infections at two separate facilities in Hood Cove and Seal Cove, Newfoundland, affecting approximately 845,000 salmon between the two sites. 

Photo courtesy of Cliff White/SeafoodSource

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