The BC Centre For Aquatic Health Sciences (CAHS) located at the Maritime Heritage Center in Campbell River in association with the BC Aquaculture Development Committee hosted a workshop on January 18th to bring together local and national scientists to present their most recent research on the infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV), an endemic or naturally occurring virus better known as “Sockeye disease”.
The researchers presented on a large range of topics from detection and diagnostic techniques to risk management and the newest vaccines. As a pathogen that is endemic to the coastal waters of BC, IHNV has had a large economic impact on the salmon farming industry in the past. “We were very pleased to bring together so many distinguished researchers to compare notes on this important topic, but we are even more pleased to facilitate the transfer of knowledge that will benefit both wild and farmed salmon”, states Linda Sams, CEO.
The range of sectors that attended the meeting was also broad; there was representation from provincial and federal governments, non-government organizations, industry and local stakeholders. This was the first of an anticipated ongoing information series. The Center is committed to building local scientific capacity and transferring that knowledge to all marine user groups and all marine industries.
“A proactive and collaborative approach with research such as this serves the dual purpose of supporting an important local economic sector while protecting the environment through sound methods for disease management”, the workshop was a great success and it was very well attended, says Sams.