Dec. 3, 2019
Recent dives have shown that fish farm blood infected with piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) is still flowing into Discovery Passage, two years after first being uncovered.
2019 was the WORST Fraser River sockeye salmon return in Canadian history with 90% fewer fish returning to the river than forecast by DFO. These near-extinct sockeye salmon swim through the effluent of both the processing plant and the infected fish farms twice on their migration to and from the Pacific Ocean.
Genetic sequencing of this PRV reveals that it came from the Atlantic Ocean and was most likely imported via salmon eggs by the fish farm industry. Fisheries and Oceans Canada – DFO’s science reports this virus is harming Pacific salmon by rupturing their red blood cells, leading to jaundice yellowing and organ failure. With over 80% of the farmed salmon in B.C. infected with PRV, open net-pen fish farms and processing plants continue to release this virus into wild salmon habitat in blatant disregard for the precautionary principle.
Under Section 56(b) of the Fisheries (General) Regulations, transferring farm salmon into the ocean from hatcheries infected with a disease agent is prohibited. DFO continues to approve this high-risk behavior by allowing infected farmed salmon to be grown in wild salmon migration routes on the B.C. coast.
‘Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay B.C. has recently filed a second lawsuit to review DFO’s policy decision to allow the stocking of open net-pen fish farms with PRV infected Atlantic salmon.
This will be the fourth time DFO has been sued for disregarding the threat of PRV to wild salmon.
Wild salmon are collapsing yet the blood keeps flowing.
Tell @JustinPJTrudeau @BernadetteJordanNS to keep their election promise and transition fish farms onto land by 2025
*Please Note: The collapse was not connected to the Big Bar landslide. Returning sockeye salmon are counted at the Mission hydroacoustic station near the mouth of the Fraser, far downstream from the slide. The collapse percentages shown are based on DFO’s predicted run size versus actual run size.