National Fisherman


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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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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