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Canadian salmon farmer Cooke Aquaculture is taking action following a positive result for infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAv) at a site at McCallum on the southern coast of Newfoundland.

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The site, run by Cooke subsidiary Cold Ocean Salmon Inc, contains six cages stocked with 340,000 Atlantic salmon.

“The company is making plans for fish removal using approved and biosecure standard operating procedures,” said Cooke in a statement.

Proactive approach

“This proactive approach to removing fish immediately following a detection has proven to be the most successful method for managing this virus.

“The company has taken all the responsible steps under the oversight of the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Land Resources and is following government approved policies.”

Cooke said ISAv is a naturally occurring virus and is not a human health issue or a food safety issue. The ISAv detection was identified as a result of the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Land Resources Atlantic salmon aquatic animal health surveillance program.

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