Notice to Industry - Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia Virus detected in Atlantic herring in Newfoundland and Labrador

Ottawa, August 25, 2016 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia Virus strain IVa (VHSV IVa) in wild Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) harvested in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As a result of this detection, changes have been made to the National Aquatic Animal Health Program from both the domestic and international trade perspectives.

Changes to the Domestic Movement Control Program

The updates below have been made to the Domestic Movement Control Program:

  • The areas of Newfoundland and Labrador and Atlantic Ocean North have been declared as infected areas for VHSV IVa.
  • This detection means a change to the list of species which are considered susceptible to VHSV IVa. Atlantic herring is now considered a susceptible species for VHSV IVa and may require a domestic movement permit.
  • Other finfish species that are currently considered as susceptible to VHSV IVa include Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout. These species may also require a domestic movement permit.

If you move finfish or related things domestically, please consult the Domestic Movement Control Program for the latest information.

Impact on International Trade and Changes to Export Certification Processes

This detection will also impact export certification of certain fish species and fish and seafood products harvested in N.L. and destined for markets with animal health related requirements.

  • Exports of susceptible species from Newfoundland and Labrador that will be impacted include herring, Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout.
  • For fish and seafood products, exports to the Ukraine may have additional inspection and/or testing requirements.
  • For Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout, exports of live animals and germplasm to several countries for research, culture or other purposes may now have to be tested for freedom from VHSV IVa.

For information on specific changes to export certification, please contact your local CFIA office.

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