Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


An ISA virus infected specimen. (Photo: www.maine.gov)

ISA not present in Pacific Northwest: study

Click on the flag for more information about Canada CANADA
Monday, June 03, 2013, 04:10 (GMT + 9)

A new study by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reveals that infectious salmon anemia (ISA) is not present in wild or farmed fish in the Pacific Northwest region. The findings were embraced by the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA).

The study was conducted to address concerns about ISA possibly appearing in Washington State’s water bodies and potentially harming the state’s salmon stocks. The testing is part of a two-year monitoring programme specifically designed to detect ISA and will last for another year.

To arrive at its conclusion, the study improved testing protocols for the ISA virus to better detect it in a host of fish species. It used samples from wild and hatchery-produced Pacific chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and steelhead as well as farm-raised Atlantic salmon.

ISA was not identified in any of the more than 900 wild and farmed fish tissue samples that were analysed as part of the study.

“Our traditional testing protocols would have detected most – but not all – of the disease-causing strains of ISA virus,” said John Kerwin, Fish Health Programme manager for the WDFW. “So we expanded our programme to better detect whether any strain is present in a variety of fish species in Washington. The good news is all the samples came back negative for the virus.”

Mary Ellen Walling, executive director with the BCSFA, was not surprised.

“This study reinforces the findings of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the results of the Provincial Government’s labs that ISA has not been found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest or in BC,” she said.

The BCSFA’s members say they participate in regular testing of their farm-raised fish for ISA. Of some 1,000 fish tested in 2012, all returned negative results, they said.

“We know all the world’s oceans are connected, so a virus from another part of the world may eventually make its way to BC,” said Walling. “That’s why rigorous screening and this kind of on-going testing is important. It means that if a virus is detected it can be found early and properly dealt with.”

By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Belgium
May 28, 04:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Belgian Fish Auctions go for full traceability of fish
Canada
May 28, 04:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Nova Scotia and New Brunswick inshore lobster fishery achieves MSC certification
South Africa
May 28, 04:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - South African hake celebrates 11 years of sustainability
Greece
May 28, 04:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Selonda approves EUR 50.4 million capital increase, by capitalising obligations to creditos
United States
May 28, 04:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Marijuana-Infused Smoked Salmon Is The Future Of Breakfast
United States
May 28, 04:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Online mapping tool shows fishery managers how to reduce bycatch
United States
May 28, 04:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - AFRICA: Fisheries Indicators 'Too Narrow' to Show Real Impact
United States
May 28, 04:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Walmart U.S. Announces New Animal Welfare and Antibiotics Positions
United States
May 28, 04:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Commercial shrimp trawling season opening May 27 2015
India
May 28, 04:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fishery experts call for proactive role in vannamei shrimp cultivation
United States
May 28, 04:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Louisiana shrimpers watch prices plummet in 2015
United States
May 28, 03:50 (GMT + 9):
Louisiana shrimpers worry about price drop
United Kingdom
May 28, 03:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Scott Nichols Named Seafood Marketer of 2015
Chile
May 28, 03:10 (GMT + 9):
Blumar faces profit drop in the first quarter
Indonesia
May 28, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
Indonesia urged to champion the interests of coastal nations at IOTC



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
New report reveals slavery practice on foreign chartered vessels
New Zealand Research carried out by the Auckland University reveals the existence of slave-like labour and abuse that is faced by foreign crew members working on boats operating in New Zealand waters.
EC calls for voluntary origin labelling for food
Spain The EU executive defended the position promoting the voluntary origin labelling for unprocessed food products, products that comprise a single ingredient and the ingredients that represent more than 50 per cent of a food product.
Lobster fee colletion plans go ahead
Canada While in Prince Edward Island the legislation intended to collect funds through a lobster levy is at the Marketing Council, in Nova Scotia consultations among fishermen and consumers are being conducted.
Alagoas commits to international technical cooperation to boost aquaculture and fisheries
Brazil Through the Secretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, the Government of Alagoas is devising a project on international technical cooperation in the fisheries-aquaculture sector of this state in northeastern Brazil.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2015 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER