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BC salmon farming secret

Blood Water: B.C.’s Dirty Salmon Farming Secret from Tavish Campbell on Vimeo.

A shocking discovery has been made beneath B.C. coastal waters.

Independent filmmaker and diver Tavish Campbell spent six months documenting effluent from salmon farming processing plants near Campbell River and Tofino. What he found is beyond disturbing.

Raw, infected effluent from farmed salmon is being released into critical wild salmon migration corridors.

This untreated "blood water" is infected with piscine reovirus, according to Campbell, a highly infectious virus that causes heart and skeletal muscle inflammation, a deadly disease for wild salmon.

Campbell had the samples tested and found evidence of reovirus.

A third of B.C.’s salmon migrate past the two processing plants in Clayoquot Sound and Discovery Passage.

"We're not trying to vilify these companies. At this point, what they're doing isn't illegal. It's up to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to make the necessary changes to the process," says Campbell.

His video shows a pinkish-red cloud being emitted by a pipe outlet.

The footage was gathered during April, June and October 2017.

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