Virus causing salmon deaths in BC?

Virus causing salmon deaths?
By ROB HOTAKAINEN; Staff writer

WASHINGTON – In Canada’s Fraser River, a mysterious illness has killed millions of Pacific salmon, and scientists have a new hypothesis about why: The wild salmon are suffering from viral infections similar to those linked to some forms of leukemia and lymphoma.

For 60 years before the early 1990s, an average of nearly 8 million wild salmon returned from the Pacific Ocean to the Fraser River each year to spawn.

Now the salmon industry is in a state of collapse, with mortality rates ranging from 40 percent to 95 percent.

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  1. If Scott Hinchs study is specific to the Fraser then there may be a situation that could produce results for the 2012 Cohen commission report.

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