Fish Farmer

Danish Aquacultur­e draws up IHN action plan


THE Danish aquacultur­e sector has drawn up a plan to prevent the spread of the deadly salmon disease infectious haematopoi­etic necrosis, commonly known as IHN.

The trade associatio­n Dansk Akvakultur and the six Danish fish farms that were infected with IHN in May have handed over the plan to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administra­tion. Their intention is to re-establish the country as being free of the virus.

The outbreak, which hit

Denmark for the first time earlier this summer, also sent a scare throughout the fish farming sector in Norway.

Danish Aquacultur­e director Brian Thomsen said his organisati­on was solutionor­ientated and he had nothing but praise for the affected fish farm owners who were working with the rest of the sector to deliver a concrete plan for IHN control.

He said the plan was based on companies getting their slaughterh­ouse solutions approved as soon as possible, and on ensuring that the value of the facilities is taken into account and sufficient time is given for the fish to be removed and handled correctly.

This is only fair, he said, because an emergency slaughter of infected fish entails significan­t economic losses for those farms hit by the disease.

He added: “Fortunatel­y there are no signs that the infection has spread to other farms and this means that 95% of Denmark is free of IHN. We believe that with effective and rapid action we can fight the IHN virus.”

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