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Weekly Overview: Potential HSMI Finding on BC Salmon Farm

24 May 2016, at 1:00am

ANALYSIS - Research undertaken as part of the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI) has diagnosed a potential Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in farmed Atlantic salmon samples collected from a British Columbia aquaculture facility in 2013-2014.

The SSHI, which is a collaboration between Canada's DFO, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Genome British Columbia to better understand the distribution of microbes and diseases in wild and cultured salmon in B.C., used newly introduced and integrated diagnostic technologies to test for 45 salmon pathogens.

Other than the potential HSMI finding, the researchers did not find any reportable diseases such as Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA), Infectious hematopoietic necrosis (IHN), Infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN) and Salmon Alphavirus (SAV).

The BC Salmon Farmers Association, a SSHI partner, noted that the HSMI finding is important but that there is no consensus among the scientific community about the finding as the fish sampled in this farm showed no clinical signs of disease.

It's Time For Aquaculture UK 2016!

Aquaculture UK will open its doors tomorrow at the Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort in Scotland.

With over 130 exhibitors confirmed and a two-day seminar programme the show is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Ensuring you have a comfortable visit, the exhibition tents are now carpeted and heated.

Come and visit us on TheFishSite stand (number 21) - we would love to meet you.

For more information on the show, take a look at the official show guide.

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