From Santiago Times, April 13 –
Chile’s salmon industry has once again detected evidence of the Infectious Salmon Anemia virus (ISA), causing a drop in the share prices of salmon producer Multiexport Foods. The company’s share price fell 4.54 percent on the Santiago Stock Exchange on Thursday afternoon, along with those of other salmon producers
The virus was discovered in a fish farm cage containing .12 percent of Multiexport Foods’ Atlantic Salmon stock.
The ISA virus has delivered serious blows to Chile’s salmon industry in recent years. In 2007 the disease decimated the industry, which once provided more than 30 percent of the world’s salmon and trout. That outbreak led to a 65 percent decline in stock.
“ISA is spreading like a malignant cancer all over the globe,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture. “Chile lost US$2 billion and more than 25,000 jobs during the last ISA crisis in 2008 and the current ‘Fish Farmageddon’ could be even worse.”
Despite the sharp decline in production, the industry still employs more than 19,000 people according to an industry report by SalmonChile.
Though the ISA virus has no proven health risks to humans, many major supermarkets banned Chilean salmon from their shelves