Condemned salmon to be processed at Burgeo
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.”