ISA detected at Cooke-owned farm in Chile
Sernapesca, Chile’s national fisheries and aquaculture ministry, reported Monday that the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus was detected last week at a farming site operated by Salmones Cupquelan, which is owned by Cooke Aquaculture of Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada.
The virus was detected in the central Ballena IV region in Southern Aysen, Chile. An estimated 600,000 fish were affected.
In accordance with the provisions of the Specific Program Health Surveillance and Control of Infectious Salmon Anemia, Sernapesca has notified the facility “Confirmed HPR Other.”
Sernapesca field-verified the absence of clinical signs and mortality associated with the disease. The company began harvesting the positive cages this weekend under strict bio-security measures.
Sernapesca inspectors have been directed to the area to assess the health status of the farms of the Association of Salmon Farming Awards (HCA) 25 A and to verify the harvesting procedure.