The confirmation of pancreas disease at a salmon farm in the northernmost point of Norway’s Sor Trondelag region puts the disease at a critical point in Norway, reported Kyst.no.
If the disease spreads further north, it will be able to spread across farms that are located like “beads on a string” along the coast, Aud Skrudland of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority told Adressa.no.
Any spreading northwards could have serious consequences for the farming industry, said Skrudland.
The disease was confirmed last Wednesday, at a site in Raudoya, Osen municipality. The finding challenges a limit that is set for PD between Sor Trondelag and its northern neighboring region, Nord Trondelag.
“This site is the critical point,” said Skrudland. “If the infection goes past this point, the sites [further north] are located as beads on a string along the coast, and it will be very hard to stop it. There is no natural stopping point for spreading north of the Osen site.”
NFSA is now working with the affected farm to decide the best way to handle the situation, including whether to harvest the fish.