Bob Allen has run Allen’s Trout Farm on the southwestern outskirts of Calgary for more than half a century but now a quarantine put in place on his business to try and prevent the spread of whirling disease has all but sunk his once buoyant business.
The disease — which affects trout, salmon and whitefish — causes infected fish to swim in a whirling pattern and die prematurely, with mortality rates as high as 90 per cent, according to the province.
The entire Bow River watershed has been found to be infected with the disease, as well as the Oldman River basin and Red Deer River basin. Click on the following sentence to access the full story and check out the related information from Glacier National Park.
“I got nice healthy fish there and they got a disease in the river. And they’re trying to shut down — not just my fish farm but the one across the river — they shut three or four of them down. They ruined the whole frigging industry,” Allen told CBC News.