Salmon virus policy riles Canadian fishermen

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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