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.