Conservationists on Canada’s West Coast are raising a red flag. A diver and BC government captured video and took various samples of what some fish farms release into the ocean.
The video footage caught the attention of government scientists who confirmed the presence of the highly-contagious piscine reovirus (PRV), which can infect and may sicken wild salmon.
“The fish farming industry says we are disinfecting our blood water when in fact all the indications are… there is no disinfection taking place,” John Werring of the David Suzuki Foundation said.
The provincial government of British Columbia has launched a review of the practice.
Is that a possible explanation of the low numbers during the last Sockeye salmon run?
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