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Bremnes to cull 900,000 salmon over ISA outbreak

Around 10% of the company's total production volume is affected. 

Norwegian salmon farmer Bremnes Seashore reported the presence of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) at one of its farming sites in Hordaland, western Noway.

On Aug. 5, the company carried out polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at the site, a technique used to obtain and amplify DNA copy sequences, and found two out of 15 samples were positive for ISA.

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There are 900,000 fish of an average weight of 2.1 kilograms at the site, Einar Eide, CEO of the company, told IntraFish.

At the moment, the company is implementing measures to stop the spread of the virus and is in talks with the Norwegian Food Safety Authority to determine the next steps.

“I think we will have to slaughter the fish, we are still waiting on the authorities’ instructions but this is the normal procedure in these cases,” Eide said.

“We will have a few months to harvest all the fish and then we will have a period of clearance at the site.”

The production at this farm makes up for about 10 percent of the company’s output.

“This is going to have an impact, but we hope to compensate it with production from other sites so it will not be that big,” Eide said.

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