So This Pipe Is Just Spewing Blood And Fish Guts Into The Open Water

    "I wasn't really prepared for how grossed out I was going to be."

    A BC photographer went underwater to document a pipe from a fish-processing plant spewing bloody waste directly into the waters off Vancouver Island.

    "I wasn't really prepared for how grossed out I was going to be," said Campbell.

    He said he dove about 90 feet below the surface to find the pipe, which was producing "this huge billowing cloud of blood water" that contained scales and solid waste.

    "It was pretty shocking," he said.

    Campbell took a sample of the wastewater and had it analyzed by the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. The researcher there found the bloody water contained live intestinal worms as well as Piscine Reovirus, which is linked to Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI), a disease that can kill as much as 20% of an infected fish population, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

    Brown's Bay Packing was not immediately available for comment, but the company said in a statement posted online that it follows standard industry practice:

    "Brown's Bay Packing Company, like all plants processing farm-raised Atlantic salmon in B.C., disinfects effluent before it is released into the marine environment. While the liquid discharged remains red in colour, the treatment process is designed specifically to treat for fish pathogens."

    Campbell said he's not trying to vilify any one company, but to shed light on a wider problem with the industry.