In 2007, VHS-virus was found in Storfjorden at Sunnmøre, causing an outbreak of the disease Viral Haemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in rainbow trout farms in the area. This area was particularly investigated during the cruise.
The first cruise, from Tanafjorden to Haltenbanken, with the research vessel “Jan Mayen”took place in September-October. So far, a total of 1650 fish have been sampled, and the screening for VHS-virus has just been initiated at the National Veterinary institute.
Further work in the project will include molecular biological studies of virus isolates, studies of the development of disease, and epidemiological studies. Experimental studies will also been carried out, partly in collaboration with Scottish and Danish collaborating scientists, including the Reference Laboratory of the European Union, in Århus, Denmark.