While one Central Alberta trout farm has commenced moving its stock out to clients’ ponds, another remains quarantined after whirling disease was discovered in Alberta.
Fish at a second unidentified aquaculture facility have tested positive for the disease.
Dan Menard, who owns Smoky Trout Farm north of Red Deer, said Tuesday he has received the go-ahead to stock clients’ ponds. He expects they will be able to move most of the fish out before water starts to freeze over.
“We have been given permission to stock in certain water bodies in the province,” he said.
The trout farm is one of about 40 commercial aquaculture facilities in Alberta that raise fish — in this case rainbow trout.
Smoky Trout Farm was temporally quarantined until testing could be done by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in conjunction with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP). The quarantine was lifted after no signs of the disease were found.
Whirling disease has a high mortality rate in young fish. Since it was discovered, CFIA and AEP have been trying to track down where it started and
Whirling disease has a high mortality rate in young fish. Since it was discovered, CFIA and AEP have been trying to track down where it started and how widespread it is in Alberta.