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Special ISAv Session Announced for Cohen Inquiry

Posted November 8, 2011 by Common Sense Canadian in Oceans

Read this report from the Montreal Gazette on the decision by Justice Bruce Cohen to re-open his Federal Judicial Inquiry into disappearing Fraser River sockeye next month to address the discovery of deadly Infectious Salmon Anemia virus in wild Pacific salmon.

“VICTORIA — The Cohen Inquiry, looking into the decline of Fraser
River sockeye salmon, will hold a special two-day session next month
because of the possibility a potentially lethal virus could be affecting
wild salmon. ‘Testing of samples of Pacific salmon from
two areas of the province has indicated the possible presence of the
infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus in several Pacific salmon,’ said
Brian Wallace, senior counsel for the Cohen Commission.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency is doing further tests on the Fraser
River coho and two sockeye from Rivers Inlet, which were initially
tested at the University of Prince Edward Island. Results are expected
in about one month. A chinook and chum salmon have also
tested positive for the virus, which has devastated fish farms in
Norway, Chile and the east coast of Canada. There are different strains
of the virus and, until now, it was believed the lethal European strain
would kill Atlantic, but not Pacific, salmon.” (Nov. 5, 2011)


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