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Proof in the testing

If salmon farmers are so sure about their product, why are they against testing?

A few weeks ago I saw the BC Salmon Farmers Association respond negatively to a letter asking for independent testing of your farmed salmon. Now two of the farms have tested positive for the highly contagious IHN virus, resulting in the ordered killing of stocks.

Without any proof they place the blame of these outbreaks entirely on wild fish, while deceptively proclaiming IHN won’t harm wild salmon.

Those studies they quote were done on adult salmon, yet they don’t mention numerous studies showing IHN to be deadly to juvenile wild salmon.

While world-leading labs are confirming a myriad of European strain diseases from store-bought BC farmed salmon, they not only deny those findings as well, but arrogantly still refuse independent testing!

Why don’t they accompany the fish to the lab, just to make sure there’s no hanky panky going on? If these fish are as squeaky clean as claimed then there should be no problem. The public and wild salmon deserve to know!

Angela Koch


Quadra Island