ISAv Cover-UpNovember 29, 2011
It looks like infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAv) has been in BC - all the way north to the Bering Sea - since at least 2002, and Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) has covered it up. The strain has diverged a fair amount from the European strain (sequence homology) so it's been here for awhile. A survey conducted between August 2002 and April 2003 for ISAV surveyed juvenile chinook, chum, coho, pink, and sockeye salmon from the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Southeast Alaska, and the Bering Sea. Read a draft manuscript from this study and series of emails from two of the authors (Dr. Fred Kibenga & Dr. Molly Kibenga) to DFO. Stay tuned.