2017-12-03 20:24:01 UTC
Sample of B.C. farmed-salmon blood water tests positive for virus
Video of blood water being pumped into the ocean near Campbell River
is prompting the province to take a look at the farmed-fish processing
plant it came from.
The video, recorded by photographer Tavish Campbell, shows red
effluent going into the water near the Browns Bay Packing Company,
which processes farmed Atlantic salmon, at its plant near Campbell
Campbell said samples taken from the site were analyzed by the
Atlantic Veterinary College and tested positive for piscine reovirus,
or PRV, a highly contagious virus that most farmed salmon carry. The
virus has been linked to a disease heart and skeletal muscular
disease that makes fish lethargic and more vulnerable to predators.
Environment Minister George Heyman said the province will send an
inspector to visit the packing plant in the next few days.
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