Salmon blood

A disgusting viral video was just released showing virus and parasite-filled blood being pumped into wild salmon migratory routes off Vancouver Island.

The salmon urgently need our help again. Tell Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc to immediately ban the dumping of infectious waste on the coast.

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It's unimaginable. Disgusting footage was just released of parasite and virus-filled farmed salmon blood being pumped out of salmon processing plants off Vancouver Island. The worst part? It's being dumped right into critical wild salmon migratory routes.

Scientists tested this disgusting effluent and found a deadly virus linked to heart and skeletal muscle inflammation in wild salmon that causes heart lesions and organ hemorrhaging.

Fisheries... Minister Dominic LeBlanc can stop this needless contamination immediately by changing the Fisheries Act to ban the dumping of infectious waste. He needs to hear from you now because the longer we wait -- the more wild salmon are at risk of infection.

Please join me in signing the petition to tell Minister Leblanc to ban the dumping of infectious waste on the coast.

The disgusting footage was captured in Brown’s Bay at a plant used by Cermaq and in Tofino Harbour at a plant run by Creative Salmon. Both pieces of footage were captured by Tavish Campbell on investigative dives. The footage is almost unbearable to watch.

In Norway, pumping "blood water" out to sea untreated is illegal. But in Canada, it is not. Canada doesn’t regulate fish processing effluent, but this footage shows why it must.

Wild salmon populations are already seriously in decline, and disease from farmed salmon is a major contributor. One simple thing we can do now to protect the salmon is to ensure they are not being needlessly exposed to huge amounts of infectious waste.

Please join me in signing the petition to tell Minister Leblanc to ban the dumping of infectious waste.

SumOfUs has been at the forefront of protecting salmon on the B.C. coast. In just two weeks, over 33,000 caring members like you called for a stop to Cermaq’s pesticide permit that would dump millions of litres of pesticides into salmon farms, contaminating the ocean and threatening farmed and wild salmon populations alike.

As long as there are corporations trying to find government loopholes that allow cost-cutting measures that threaten salmon, we will fight to protect these vital fish.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Emma, Angus, Amelia and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Blood Water: B.C.’s Dirty Salmon Farming Secret, Tavish Campbell Photography, November 27 2017
B.C. fish processors spewing potentially dangerous bloodwater into key salmon migration corridor, CTV, November 27 2017

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