From CBC: An aquaculture company hopes the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will allow it to harvest and sell farmed salmon ordered destroyed, according to an industry source.
450,000 fish, located at the The Gray Aqua Group’s aquaculture facility in Butter Cove on Newfoundland’s south coast, were ordered destroyed after the CFIA confirmed some of them are infected with infectious salmon anemia —a disease that kills fish, but that the agency says is harmless to humans.
The entire stock was worth about $10 million, and about half the fish were ready to go to market when the CFIA ordered them destroyed on July 6.
Miranda Pryor is the executive director of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association. (CBC )
“Yes, there is that stipulation that the fish, particularly those that aren’t infected at this site could be harvested through a processing plant and could be used, said Miranda Pryor, the executive director of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association, “and CFIA does approve of that process.”
The CFIA has not confirmed that it will allow Gray Aqua to sell salmon for human consumption, but it has approved the sale of ISA-infected fish from other aquaculture facilities.