Cooke Aquaculture moving ahead with plan
The latest confirmed outbreak of infectious salmon anemia at a Cooke Aquaculture site in Nova Scotia isn’t changing the company’s ambitious expansion plans in the province.
“We take it very seriously but it doesn’t change our overall plans for Nova Scotia,” Cooke spokeswoman Nell Halse said in an interview from the New Brunswick company’s headquarters Thursday.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the outbreak, which occurred in two pens at a Cooke fish farm off Coffin Island near Liverpool and prompted the company to destroy about 40,000 fish.
“The quarantine placed on the facility on June 15, 2012, remains to control movements of people, vessels, equipment and fish onto or off of the site,” inspection agency spokeswoman Elena Koutsavakis said Thursday in an email from Ottawa.
“The agency will continue to monitor and test the rest of the salmon at the facility. If additional cases of infectious salmon anemia are confirmed, more fish may be ordered destroyed.”