Activist Tavish Campbell released footage of blood being released by a pipe owned by salmon processor Brown's Bay Packing, which he claims is contaminated with a virus. In the video, Campbell is seen holding a sign that reads, "2019 Fish Farm Virus Still Flowing."
In 2017, Campbell captured similar footage of the same processor.
The activist took samples of the bloody discharge and had them tested by the Atlantic Veterinary College, with results positive for piscine orthoreovirus (PRV), reported CTV.
According to CTV, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has also sent a statement saying the agency will be sending an inspector to assess the situation.
Brown Bay Packing, which processes salmon for companies such as Grieg and Cermaq Canada, released a statement Monday from Managing Partner Dave Stover, saying that while he has "not seen the video or the laboratory testing results," the company has invested $1.5 million (€1.4 million) into its wastewater treatment since bloody discharge from its pipes first caused controversy in 2017.
Campbell is sharing the footage on his Instagram page, pledging his support for the liberal party's promise to make all fish farming land-based by 2025.
Brown Bay Packing said it is held to "the highest standards in Canada" by the government and third-party regulators such as the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).
However, Jack Cutforth, ASC media representative, told IntraFish Brown's Bay Packing is only certified as a Chain of Custody (CoC) certificate holder.
"The purpose of CoC certification is to ensure that ASC-certified seafood can be traced along the supply chain from farm to fork," Cutforth said. "It does not cover environmental impacts and it is misleading to suggest otherwise."
Cutforth also said the ASC will be in touch with Brown's Bay Packing "to request they immediately clarify their communications about CoC certification.”