By David Bell, CBC News
The deadly whirling disease has been detected outside of Banff
National Park for the first time and it's causing anxiety among
officials. The disease affects trout and salmon and can cause infected
fish to swim in a whirling pattern and die prematurely.
Up until recently, all known cases were found inside the national park.
But now, a Lacombe-area trout farm owner isn't sure what his next
steps will be, now that the disease has been found at his facility
earlier this month.
Lacombe is north of Red Deer and almost 300 kilometres from Banff.
"We're positive so now what?" asks Jack Fraser.
"Do I just sit here? I can't sell the fish, I can't buy a fish. Most
of us we all hatch them right. You buy eggs and you hatch them. I can't
do that either. I can't get more fish started for next year or whenever.
So you're in limbo. In the meantime they quarantine you."
A biologist with the conservation group Trout Unlimited says Fraser's not alone.
"It's just a really uncertain time," Lesley Peterson told CBC News...http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/whirling-disease-experts-on-edge-1.3802699