The following is an excerpt from Jessica Murphy | BBC.com | November 28, 2017 |
A Canadian fish processing plant is under scrutiny after footage was released showing bloody effluent being discharged into British Columbia's waters. The "very graphic" images have raised concerns the wastewater could spread disease to the province's Pacific wild salmon population.
A constant stream of billowing bright red liquid is seen rippling and mixing into the otherwise clear waters.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," says photographer Tavish Campbell who filmed the footage during underwater dives between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
"I was grossed out at the same time I was feeling mad," he says. "I was just in shock."
The effluent flowed into waters around BC's Discovery Islands where wild Fraser River sockeye salmon migrate each year .
The red water samples collected later tested positive for pathogens potentially harmful to fish: PRV and Piscirickettsia salmonis bacteria.
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