Salmon Virus Confirmed, Cooke Aquaculture Won’t Stop $150 Million Expansion

Salmon Virus Confirmed, Cooke Aquaculture Won’t Stop $150 Million Expansion

A yet another breakout of salmon virus was reported at a commercial Nova Scotia fish farm in Shelburne. The findings carried out by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed presence of the infectious salmon anemia. The results were based on tests carried out on a sample of 13 salmon weighing about two kilograms each.

However, these results are nowhere to affect the plans of Cooke Aquaculture. The company is firm on its decision to set up the farms they were looking forward to.

Nell Halse, Cooke Spokesperson said: “This does not impact our plans. We're still going full steam ahead with our plans for Nova Scotia, for creating new jobs and building a hatchery and a plant and expanding our feed mill”. However, at the same time, the company is considering the outbreak as a serious issue.

She stated that the company has dealt with such situations before also, and that too very well. The company was struck with case as such this February when the virus was detected for the first time in New Brunswick. As a result, the company had to destroy two cages. However, the total number of salmon that were discarded in the rendering plant was not known but the number was believed to be I n thousands.

After this outbreak, the CFIA has adjured the company to destroy its third cage. However, a total of three cages had to be destroyed out of 20 cages, which made an effect but the effect was somewhat tolerable and not much. At the same time, the company is looking forward to approvals for their two farms, which will each include up to one million fish in Jordan Bay.

After these incidents, the Federal Government has issued new rules. Under these rules, the company dealing with aquaculture, if ordered to destroy their fishes, will be compensated.

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