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Fish Flu Found in Clayoquot Salmon
Dr. Kristi Miller finds ISA virus in Creative Salmon farms

Tofino BC — Evidence surfaced December 15th at the Cohen Commission in Vancouver that Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) virus is present in Clayoquot Sound at Creative Salmon’s chinook salmon feedlots. A newly emerging deadly virus called Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) is also present in Creative’s farmed salmon.

HSMI was first identified in 1999 on a Norwegian salmon farm. The virus is often fatal, and the original outbreak has been followed by hundreds of other outbreaks in Norway and the United Kingdom. This year the virus was found in Chilean fish farms for the first time.
 HSMI has also been found in wild fish where salmon farms operate.

“The news that these viruses are here in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is chilling” said Bonny Glambeck, Friends of Clayoquot Sound campaigner, “This virus puts at risk not only the wild salmon, but the ancient rainforest for which this region is renowned.”
 Despite the abundance of pristine salmon habitat, Clayoquot's salmon runs are in free fall, with some runs now being counted in the tens, rather than in the tens of thousands.

An internal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) document which came to light at the Cohen Commission last summer revealed that Japanese-owned Creative Salmon has been struggling with an undiagnosed disease in their farmed chinook salmon for the past seven years. Dr. Kristi Miller was funded by DFO to help to diagnose the severely jaundiced fish.

Dr. Miller testified at Cohen on December 15th that this fall she found ISAv and HSMI in Creative’s chinook salmon farms.

“DFO is completely failing to protect wild salmon in what appears to be a cover-up that’s been going on for decades”, Glambeck said.

Friends of Clayoquot Sound are calling for an immediate cull of all Creative Salmon feedlots where ISAv and HSMI are known to be present, as well as immediate testing of Mainstream Canada’s Clayoquot salmon feedlots. An action plan is needed to remove these open net-pen feedlots from the Biosphere Reserve waters and provide funds for an economic transition for salmon feedlot workers.

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