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Mainstream Salmon Farm Now Empty

21 August 2012, at 1:00am

CANADA - Following an outbreak of Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis (IHN) virus at one of Mainstream Canada's Tofino-area smolt farms on 27 July, Mainstream has now confirmed that the farm is now empty.

The last of the fish from Millar Channel farm have been removed and the site is now empty. The fish were taken to a rendering facility.

Mainstream Canada is now focused on developing a plan for cleaning and disinfecting the farm site, as per the requirements of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

"This is an unfortunate incident, but we are pleased with how smoothly the depopulation procedure went considering the situation," said Fernando Villarroel, Mainstream Canada's managing director. "We are pleased with how the CFIA acted quickly to confirm the virus. Early detection of infectious diseases and swift and decisive actions help the long term sustainability of our business as responsible farmers."

Mainstream Canada is one of the largest salmon farming companies in British Columbia with 27 farm sites, four land-based hatcheries, one processing plant and over 260+ employees.

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