STATEMENT REGARDING STRATEGIC SALMON HEALTH INITIATIVE DIAGNOSIS OF HEART AND SKELETAL MUSCLE INFLAMMATION AT A B.C. FISH FARM
The paper published by SSHI investigators (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0171471) regarding the diagnosis of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in fish from one Atlantic salmon farm in B.C. is important, and there is further research ongoing to better understand how HSMI develops and its root cause. The single farm identified in the study had an overall healthy population of salmon, with a low mortality, which showed normal behavior and growth rates. As confirmed in this study, the specific cause of HSMI has not been established, however it is associated with the Piscine Orthoreovirus (PRV) in B.C. Although the specific cause of HSMI has not been established, the population of fish studied entered the marine environment free of PRV.