IHN virus confirmed at B.C. salmon farm
B.C.’s salmon farming industry is on high alert after the discovery of a lethal fish virus at one farm on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has quarantined the farm at Dixon Bay, north of Tofino. Mainstream Canada, which runs the operation, says it will destroy its entire stock of 560,000 one-kilo-sized salmon, to prevent the disease from spreading.
The company says Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis (IHN) was detected during routine testing 14 May .
“This is code red,” Mainstream spokeswoman Laurie Jensen says.
IHN attacks the fish’s blood, and usually kills the animal within a week of exposure. It can kill up to 100 per cent of the populations that become infected, and it spreads rapidly.
“This is not good news for the fish or for the companies.” Jenson says. “We will contain this however way we can.”