Marine Institute Releases Report on South Coast Salmon Mortality Event

The Marine Institute has completed and released its report on the 2019 salmon mortality event at Northern Harvest Sea Farm’s aquaculture sites on the south coast.

Consistent with the findings of the Aquatic Animal Health Division of Fisheries and Land Resources, the report concludes the cause of the salmon mortality event was an unusual set of natural environmental conditions – including prolonged high water temperatures over consecutive days, and low oxygen levels – and was not consistent with an infectious cause.

The report provides a chronicle of factors that contributed to this event, including handling practices by the company that occurred during warm water temperatures. The report supports that the department properly followed and adhered to all required protocols.