"News" piece on a U.S. government proposal that would grant $4.5 million to comp
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"News" piece on a U.S. government proposal that would grant $4.5 million to compensate salmon farmers for a viral outbreak that led to the deaths of nearly 2.5 million fish in Cobscook Bay last year. The settlement, announced last week, leaves millions of dollars to be absorbed by the growers, mainly three multinational corporations. Companies that accept the money must agree to participate in an Infectious Salmon Anemia control program that would include biosecurity protocols, extensive record keeping and the oversight of a certified veterinarian. If the proposal goes into effect as written, companies will be reimbursed for 60 percent of costs associated with "depopulation," disinfection and other clean-up costs related to the outbreak. The funds would come from an $8.3 million compensation program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.