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Archived - Notice to Industry - Viral Haemorrhagic Septicemia Virus detected in Atlantic herring

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Ottawa, March 31, 2017 - 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 waters off of Nova Scotia and Quebec.

As a result of these detections, 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

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 impact export certification of VHSV susceptible finfish species and fish and seafood products harvested in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, including the surrounding marine waters that are destined for markets with animal health-related requirements.

Export certification requirements for products harvested from waters off of Newfoundland and Labrador remain in effect.

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

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