The salmon aquaculture industry in Canada and in BC in particular is growing exponentially in terms of production. In parallel, the health of the fish is facing major challenges such as virus outbreaks. Early diagnostic and high-throughput screening of pathogens remain the best way to manage health of fish population and prevent massive mortalities.
BC CAHS in collaboration with Cermaq Canada is currently working on the “Application of Q-PCR as a screening tool in fish health” research project. This project is aiming at validating and implementing a Q-PCR workflow as a screening tool for bacteria and viruses affecting salmonids. Although virology remains the “Gold Standard” for pathogen diagnostic, Q-PCR is currently recognised as a high-throughput, sensitive and reliable screening tool in fish health.