May 20, 2016 – News 1130

Biologist astonished DFO admits to finding fish disease in farmed salmon
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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – An independent biologist is saying “finally” after the Department of Fisheries and Oceans admitted it has detected a potential disease in farmed fish.

“This is truly astonishing. I’m actually thunderstruck that they came forward with it,” says Alexandra Morton.

She began sounding the alarm about heart and skeletal muscle inflammation three years ago, and is relieved federal scientists are now acknowledging its presence.

Morton is convinced the disease is caused by the Piscine Reo-Virus, a virus that was first discovered in farmed Chinook salmon in 2012. While is DFO acknowledges there is an “association” between the virus and the disease in Norway’s farmed salmon, it maintains any relationship between the virus and the disease in BC remains unclear…

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