Cooke Aquaculture halts salmon farm expansion

Cooke Aquaculture is putting the brakes on a salmon farm expansion in Nova Scotia, though the company says it has nothing to do with a suspected outbreak.

Last week, a salmon farm owned by the company was quarantined after the discovery of a suspected case of a destructive virus called infectious salmon anemia (ISA).

Cooke Aquaculture had big plans for fish farming Shelburne County, but an expansion there for 700,000 fish has been withdrawn.

Local opponent Sindy Horncastle said the timing was suspicious.

“We thought it was a very large coincidence that they were withdrawing that lease application at the same time there is a suspected ISA outbreak at the mouth of Shelburne Harbour,” she told CBC News.

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