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Something fishy about Canada’s response to salmon virus

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

In October, a British Columbia professor sent a chill through Northwest fishery circles. He claimed to have found traces of a potentially devastating virus in two wild sockeye taken from waters in northern British Columbia.

The virus – infectious salmon anemia (ISA) – has killed millions of farmed salmon in Europe and Chile. The great fear here in the Northwest is that somehow it will develop in one of the many salmon farms along the B.C. coast and be transmitted to wild salmon.

Now comes a bombshell that threatens to damage the relationship between the United State and Canada on fishery issues. Read more »