If ISA was here our fish would be dead

It’s kind of sad we have to keep saying this. But if the ISA virus was here in BC we would know.

We would know because our fish would be dying.

And for all the conspiracy theorists out there, no, we couldn’t hide it.

For one thing, the Infectious Salmon Anemia virus and the disease it causes is a reportable disease. That means if salmon farmers find it in their fish, they must report it to the CFIA or face legal consequences. And CFIA must publicly report it, along with all the other diseases the agency reports to the public.

For another thing, the disease caused by virus is pretty hard to miss. It can take up to four weeks before signs of infection show up, but once they do, fish start dying, and die fast. In Atlantic salmon, death is pretty much inevitable, with a mortality rate of 90 per cent if they are infected by the virus.

Farmed salmon in B.C. are not dying of the ISA disease, and thousands of tests of farmed salmon in B.C. show no ISA virus in their flesh.

It’s not here. Pretty simple, really.


2 thoughts on “If ISA was here our fish would be dead”

  1. Your comment may be a non-sequitur.

    Virulent ISA may not have been identified in BC . But there may well be asymptomatic ISA present that has not morphed into a virulent species in both wild and farmed salmon. There is something that is giving rise to positive results (real or false) that we have no clear explanation.

    As I understand the Norwegian ISA research, the ISA virus was present in Chile for a number of years before there was a virulent virus explosion. So the absence of virulent ISA is not necessarily the same as the absence of all ISA or similar viruses.

    That said, to support your assertion would require an integrated virus testing program with transparent results. We are not there yet.

    1. Agreed, and the same such program would be required to support the assertions that there is some form of ISA here.

      Let’s do the science before we hold “the sky is falling” press conferences.

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