Con­demned salmon to be pro­cessed at Bur­geo

The Compass - - OPINION - BYCLAYTONHUNT TC ME­DIA

The Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency (CFIA) has or­dered all fish at the grow-out site in But­ter Cove to be hu­manely de­stroyed.

The CFIA is work­ing with all par­ties in­volved to make sure that the fish are re­moved from the site as quickly as pos­si­ble to pre­vent the spread of ISA to wild and other aqua­cul­ture salmon.

A spokesper­son for the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture (DFA) said on July 17 that fish in the three af­fected cages would be taken to the new dis­posal site at Nor­ris Arm to be dis­posed.

The re­main­ing fish, even though they showed no signs of the ISA virus as of July 17, were to be taken to the Barry meal plant in Bur­geo and to be used as food for the prov­ince’s mink farms.

Ac­cord­ing to the DFA of­fi­cial, the CFIA has set a tar­get date of Au­gust 4 for hav­ing all the fish at the site re­moved and for the site to be com­pletely dis­in­fected.

The re­moval of all the fish is of para­mount im­por­tance as ISA, while not a risk to hu­man health, can cause mor­tal­ity in wild and aqua­cul­ture salmon.

In this case, once the ISA was con­firmed, the CFIA took the pre­cau­tion­ary dis­ease con­trol mea­sure of re­quir­ing all fish hu­manely de­stroyed. This de­ci­sion was based on in­ter­na­tional guide­lines and na­tional aquatic an­i­mal health re­quire­ments.

Al­though there are many very spe­cific fac­tors that af­fect how quickly the re­moval of the fish can hap­pen, the CFIA will continue to work with the fa­cil­ity to re­move all fish from the wa­ter as quickly as pos­si­ble.

In ad­di­tion, the quar­an­tine on the site will re­main in place un­til all fish have been re­moved from the fa­cil­ity; un­til all pens, cages, and equip­ment have been cleaned and dis­in­fected and un­til the CFIA ap­proves all clean­ing and dis­in­fect­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and au­tho­rizes the re­moval of the quar­an­tine.

The aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try con­sists of 133 aqua­cul­ture sites throughout the prov­ince and con­tin­ues to pro­vide es­sen­tial em­ploym­net for those liv­ing in many re­mote coastal com­mu­ni­ties. In 2011, pro­duc­tion rose 12.4 per cent from 15,360 tonnes to 17,264 tonnes. To­tal mar­ket value of the prod­uct in­creased to $120 mil­lion.

Min­is­ter Darin King said, “The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of this in­dus­try for the peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador, and we continue to up­hold the high­est stan­dards for pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing. Our gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try that is so­cially, eco­nom­i­cally and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able.”

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