Taking ovarian fluid from coho salmon at the Muckleshoot hatchery. Scientists across the region are trying to get a handle on the extent of the Infectious Salmon Anemia virus in our waters. Photo by Ashley Ahearn.
In case you want more info, EarthFix has done some coverage on this salmon virus.
A lethal and highly contagious marine virus has been detected for the first time in wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest, according to researchers in British Columbia. It is called infectious salmon anemia, and started in aquaculture salmon farms who import millions of eggs from Europe. The only barrier between the salmon farms and wild fish is a net, opening the way for pathogens to sweep in and out. No treatment exists for infectious salmon anemia. Enjoy those sockeye while you can!
A deadly fish virus has just been found in Pacific salmon for the first time. Ashley Ahearn spoke to Dave Montgomery, University of Washington professor and author of King of Fish: The Thousand Year Run of Salmon, about what it means.