Posted tagged ‘BC wild salmon’

Leaked CFIA Report Confirms ISA in BC Wild Salmon

2 November 2011

Government say they’re waiting for Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmation of ISA in BC wild salmon. Seems they won’t have to wait long.

http://www.canada.com/First+Nations+fearful+salmon+disaster/5643807/story.html

Will we finally see some action to protect wild salmon?

Yellow Fraser River Pink Salmon

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ISA virus found in BC wild salmon

17 October 2011

The title sums it up. ISA virus found in Rivers Inlet sockeye smolts, diagnosed by the ISA reference laboratory at the Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I.

Below is a the text of an email I sent to BC ministers and my MLA

Honourable Don McRae, Minister of Agriculture
Honourable Terry Lake, Minister of Environment
John Les, MLA Chilliwack

Dear Sirs,

I am deeply troubled by news today that the Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) virus has been found in wild Rivers Inlet sockeye smolts examined by the ISA reference laboratory at the Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I.

As I understand, the salmon farms on our coast are a federal jurisdiction. However this finding calls for immediate action to protect BC wild salmon. I urgently request that you take whatever actions may be available at the provincial level and that you demand action from your federal counterparts.

I trust that you are well aware of the importance of wild salmon migrations to the coastal ecosystem and that you share my concern over this news. Below is a link to the announcement that I have just read.

http://www.salmonaresacred.org/blog/isa-bc-european-strain-exotic-disease-detected-wild-sockeye-salmon

Sincerely,
Ian Stephen
Chilliwack, BC

UPDATE: Additional details and (lack of) response by BC government to the crisis on thecanadian.org

UPDATE: Our governments remain in deny and obfuscate mode. U.S. authorities respond.
http://www.king5.com/news/Salmon-Virus-Spawns-Quick-Response-132282398.html