Confusion over the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's stance on dealing with the infectious salmon anemia virus has caused a prominent angling organization to renew its call for a moratorium on new sea-based salmon farms.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the agency had allowed hundreds of thousands of infected salmon to continue growing in cages near Liverpool.
The decision, according to media reports, signaled that the agency had given up trying to stamp out the disease, which is lethal to fish but not humans.
Last summer, salmon farming giant Cooke Aquaculture Inc. killed several thousand fish after the disease was discovered at a Shelburne Harbour farm. The New Brunswick company also killed another 40,000 at a smaller farm in waters near Liverpool for the same reason.
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National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15
In this episode:
Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.