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New Brunswick Helps Chile Battle Fish Farm Virus

CHILE - Chile's salmon farming industry is taking lessons from New Brunswick on how to handle a rampant spread of disease that threatens its exports.

According to the New Brunswick Business Journal, Joel Leal, a technology consultant with the country's salmon farming industry association, SalmonChile, said he wants to learn how to get rid of disease that has affected nearly all of Chile's Atlantic salmon farming operations and dwarfed employment in communities dependent on farming.

"There is a very high impact in the areas of the companies," Leal said while taking a break from meetings at Cooke Aquaculture's Oak Bay hatchery.

"There are a lot of sites that are closed and some people are losing their jobs. Some processing plants are closed."

Leal is making his rounds today with the department of agriculture and aquaculture, Cooke Aquaculture's veterinarian and staff at a research and productivity centre in Fredericton to learn about and scrutinize New Brunswick's biosecurity and breeding practices, reports the BusinessJournal.

Chile's fisheries are plagued with infectious salmon anemia - a highly contagious virus New Brunswick's aquaculture industry struggled to contain from 1996 until 2006.

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