|Alexandra Morton speaking at a press conference at SFU last week.|
The New York Times reports on a second case of ISA - this time in coho salmon in the Fraser River system.
Brace, people. We have an ISA pandemic in BC.
In rivers, streams, and coastlines, people are collecting salmon samples and sending them for virus testing - because the government won't do it.
And every time we test, we will find more positives of that virus. And more. And more.
Until the structure collapses under the weight of its own incompetence and corruption. We will see the end of a mode of governance.
DFO as an institution is finished. Large transnational fish farm corporations will flee the country in shame, leaving ecosystems in ruin. And the Province of BC will lose whatever may be left of its legitimacy.
It's called the salmon revolution.
May the wild salmon survive this terrible, yet necessary, crisis.
Virus in Pacific Salmon Raises Worries About Industry
Published: October 28, 2011
Advocates for wild salmon said Friday that a deadly virus had been detected again in a Pacific salmon in British Columbia, but it was not clear if it would prove lethal to the fish population.
The finding, like one involving two juvenile wild sockeye salmon in British Columbia, poses questions for the viability of salmon fisheries in Canada and the United States. Scientists have expressed concern about the emergence of the virus while raising questions about complications, including scientific doubts about the quality of the tests.
In its active state, the virus, infectious salmon anemia, has devastated Atlantic salmon populations in fish farms in Chile and elsewhere. Salmon advocates have long worried that the virus could spread to wild populations, but it not clear whether Pacific salmon are equally susceptible.
In documents released Friday, an adult coho salmon supplied by salmon advocates to a prominent laboratory showed signs of carrying the disease. That fish was reported to have been found in a tributary of the Fraser River, a critical salmon run for fishermen in Canada and the United States.
Last week, researchers from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and elsewhere said that they had discovered the virus in 2 of 48 juvenile fish collected as part of a study of sockeye salmon in Rivers Inlet, on the central coast of British Columbia. The study was undertaken after scientists observed a decline in the number of young sockeye.
Such a virus could have a deep impact on the survival of salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Some scientists have suggested that the virus had spread from British Columbia’s aquaculture industry, which has imported millions of Atlantic salmon eggs over the last 25 years.
Salmon farms and wild fish are separated only by a net, many have noted. No treatment exists for the virus, which does not spread to humans, scientists say.
The crowded conditions of salmon farms are thought to abet the spread of the virus.