IHN outbreak costs Cermaq NOK 27m


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 10, 2012

Cermaq has announced a one-time cost due to a disease outbreak at one of its Canadian salmon farms.

The Norway-based salmon farming and fish feed group said the total cost of the depopulation and clean-up of the IHN outbreak is NOK 27 million. The cost will be reflected in the company’s second quarter report, due on 20 July.

On 16 May, Cermaq announced it had detected IHN at the Dixon Bay site on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The site consisted of about 570,000 fish with an average weight of 1 kilogram. In accordance with the company’s focus on fish health and to reduce the risk for infection to other sites, the site was immediately depopulated. The company has been performing a series of surveillance tests, and the virus has not been detected at any other Mainstream Canada sites.

Mainstream Canada is currently looking into the possibility of obtaining compensation either from the federal government or its insurance provider. However, the company has not yet been able to reach an agreement with the insurance company.

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