Thursday, 29 March 2018

BAD NEWS BITES - Updated April 19, 2018

I receive 30 global press fish farm/seafood industry newsletters every week. In these, I have found a startling amount of bad news, and decided to do a post on it. I had no idea there was as much bad news as there is.

I am at my ninth post. In little more than two years, I have found 3,000 BAD NEWS BITES. Some days I am stunned by the amount of bad news in the fish farm/seafood industry.  Find the fifth BAD NEWS BITES post here: And that reaches 2,000.

This is the link to the fourth post, Jan 14, 2017, it has 500 BAD NEWS BITES in it: it has links to the previous three posts since July 2015. You can find earlier ones at these links.

Here is a summary of the bad news stories:

"In one mouthful, here are the kind of stories I am finding: boom bust industry, billions made and lost, crisis in lice and disease, bankruptcy, workers fired, executives jumping company to company, dividing big bonuses, fraud, corruption, litigation, conflict of interest with government and scientists, using the ocean as a free open sewer – $10.4 Billion in BC alone, killing of whales, seals and sea lions – more than 12,000 in BC so far, slavery, unpaid labour, taxpayers paying millions for diseased, dead fish – $177 Million in Canada, dueling scientists, weakening of laws, unsustainable feed, illegal fishing, jail sentences, disasters in Norway, Scotland, Chile, Canada, bullying of scientists, governments and anyone critical of their business, cartels, collusion, price fixing, fishing down the food chain to Antarctic krill, carcinogens and persistent organic pollutants, fluoroquinolones, chicken feathers in feed, animal feces in feed, eutrophication in a time of global warming, Malachite Green fungFicide in USA seafood, fake industry awards, all the wild salmon in the Pacific ocean, more than a billion, put in peril... it goes on."

Update, Dec 11, 2017: I have found 500 BAD NEWS BITES in less than 3.5 months. That means well over 1000 in a year. That is how much bad news there is in fish farms/seafood industry. This post, the sixth, may be found here:

Update, Mar 29, 2018: You will find the previous posts on these dates: 23/1/2018, 11/12/17, 29/8/17. 5/5/17, 14/1/17, 1/7/16, 6/5/16,  1/7/15, and a total of nearly 3,000 BAD NEWS BITES. 

And now, the BAD NEWS BITES leading from this most recent post:


102. 'Ship' Concept Rejected - Norway, Marine Harvest, open ocean fish farm:

101. Boom - AquaChile offers $200M for Salmones Friosur, 2/3 of company it doesn't already own:

100. April 20, 2018: Litigious Industry - Vietnamese pangasius firms take US to court over anti-dumping tax:

99. Disease - Botulism - UK smoked salmon recalled:

98. Tough Import Rules - China, applies to Vietnam pangasius:

97. Disease - Peru steps up efforts to wipe out Tilapia Lake virus:

96. Boom - Nordic seafood market:

95. Pac Andes Wants Exec Spared Jail - USA, Mass, says National Fish could go under:

94. 'Irrecoverable Damage' - two new fish farms in Skye, Scotland, 14% fish loss to lice, disease in 2017:

93. Super Sized Offshore Fish Farms - size of six to seven football fields, Hainan, China, 6000mt, and automated with feed machines, fish monitoring, so low employment as well:

92. Minister Ignores ISA Impact - Atlantic Canada:

91. Cermaq Lice Chemical Protested - BC, amount and in-ocean:

90. $1B in Offshore Super Farms - China, meaning out in the ocean:

89. SEPA Blasted for Low Prosecution Rates - salmon farms, Scotland:

88. Longer Land-based Smolt Grow, Less Time In Ocean - Norway:

87. Land-based Tuna - Norway:

86. Norwegian 'Linchpin' Arrested Over Smuggled Salmon - China, Dong Yimin, Salmar related:

85.  Sign the Declaration to Get Fish Farms out of BC Waters:

84. Exec on Trial for Accepting Bribes - former, with EWOS, gross corruption, Norway, two others also indicted:

83. Boom - Nireus, Greek aqua, bass, bream:

82. Vancouver Island Against Fish Farms - Watershed Watch, towns vote to eliminate in-ocean: And here:

81. Government Takes over Icelandic Firms - Iceland:

80. Marine Harvest, Aarskog and David Suzuki Square Off - Vancouver Sun: Suzuki: "I dove under a net pen and stuck a yardstick into the excrement and it went in up to my armpit and I still couldn’t find the bottom. We can’t use the ocean as a toilet." On escapes: Aarskog: "We can only concern ourselves with our practices and our record on escapes in the past five years has been tremendously good." Not so Suzuki, citing Volpe. I using Volpe, calculate 153,000 escapes in BC per crop. Fish farms/DFO aren't being honest here.

79. Cooke Blocked from Stocking Salmon - WA, judge, Cypress Island:

78. Boom - China to build $320M fish farm on Hao atoll in French Polynesia:

77.  Chefs, First Nation Call for Ending Fish Farms - BC:

76. SalMar CEO Resigns over Dealing with Exec in Smuggling Case - China salmon smuggling, Trond Wiliksen:

75. Exec Arrested in Smuggling Case - China, SalMar worked with her:

74.  DFO Conflict of Interest, And Science Without Integrity - Stan P, Watershed Watch:

73. Salmon Challenge Denied - court, Tasmania, Tassal;

72. Massive Under Reporting of Deep Sea Fish Catches - 42%, study, using Sea Around Us data:

71. 2 Million Litres of Lice Chemical - to be dumped into Clayoquot Sound, BC:

70.  Whole Oceans On-land Story - Maine:

69. Disease - Atlantic salmon, three more ISAV cases in Atlantic Canada:

68. Salmar-Linked Exec Jailed in Smuggling

67. Norwegian Exporter Knew Salmon Sales to Vietnam were Smuggled into China - tells how:

66. Cooke one of Canada's Top Managed Companies? - this is the litany of complaint Cooke, the escape Cooke, the broken up net Cooke:

65. Difficulty Replacing Fish Meal from Feed

64. Lice 'Scourge' in Scotland Fish Farms

63. Arrests of Illegal Toothfishers - illegal activities have fallen 99%:

62. Farms on Verge of Collapse - India, shrimp:

61. Price Fixing Suit - Bumble Bee excepted:

60. Fish Fraud - so high that a tracing system is needed, UN report, 20% globally:

59. Disease - Norovirus, BC, oysters, people sick:

58.  Boom - Trident aims for top five in three years, China:

57. Oligopoly Nature of Industry - always bigger companies, China, Bright Food may bid on Iberconsa that has a $400M turnover. Bright Food had a $14B turnover last year: Bought Shanghai Fisheries (Group) General Corp last year. And this article is good on the oligopoly of mergers, counter mergers, growth and so on.

56.  Salmon Escape - Norway, Bolak, 4700 fish: Farm numbers are usually low, very low.

55. Salmon Smuggling - into China, how it was done:

54. Scotland Will Publicly Post Lice Counts - why not in Canada and elsewhere?

53. First World Prices for Farmed Salmon - China, $18.24/kg. These are prices that the hungry, in 52, just cannot afford. This is proof that BC claims are false:

52. False Information from Fish Farms - BC, they 'save wild salmon' and 'feed a hungry world'. Fish farms kill 5.76B fish to bring in one crop, and around the world for diseases, lice and so on killing local fish. Fish farms do not feed a hungry world because the hungry cannot afford farmed salmon and the fishing for feed takes food right out of the mouths of the hungry:
Here is the article from the Vancouver Sun:

51. Smuggling - eel, EU to Asia:

50.  Increasing Financial Interest in On-land - USA, Massachusetts:

49. Chefs, Suzuki Against Fish Farms - sent letter to BC govt, Ap 5, 2018:
 See this list of articles on the subject: Here is the letter:

48.  Salmon Smuggling Details - China, $100 million:

47. Workers to be Fired - Grimsby, UK, Five Star Fish, a 2 Sisters company, warns other firms off its staff while all  390 jobs could be gone:

46. Big Fish Farms Deny Smuggling - Norway to China, salmon:

45. Salmar Exec Jailed for Smuggling - China, salmon:

44. Tariffs Against US Soybeans - bad news for fish feed, but good news for those who don't want fish fed soybeans, as a non-normal diet constituent:

43. On-land, Offshore, In-ocean - pros and cons, energy fuel consequences:

42.  Worst Over-Fishing Offender - Ireland is one of worst in EU:

41. Smuggling Canadian Farmed Salmon - CDN, Norway, Marine Harvest, into China from Vietnam:

40. Tariffs to Affect Fish Feed Price - China, US soybeans, used in fish feed:

39.  Disease - ISA, Northern Harvest, being bought by Marine Harvest could be much worse than thought:

38.  Brexit Could Fire 600 Workers - P&P, Dutch fishing giant:

37. Young's to Fire 450 Workers - Scotland 'a betrayal' of a town that has served Young's well for generations: "‘The closure of Pinneys amounts to them shutting down the town. It is the ruthless betrayal of a local community that has served this company for generations.’" And: "Young’s, which has also won three key Mark & Spencer contracts, said on Monday that the site was no longer financially sustainable. It announced it was planning to get out of two loss making activities and move its natural (not smoked) salmon operation to Grimsby, where 200 jobs are being created." The union has called on Young's to open its books, and prove it.

36. Culverts Impede Wild Salmon - WA:

35. 450 Workers to be Fired - Young's, Pinney plant in Scotland:

34. Exec Leaves In-ocean for On-land - from Marine Harvest to CEO of Atlantic Sapphire:

33. Net Tear, Salmon Lost - Norway:

32. Big Hatchery Smolt Loss - Marine Harvest, Norway:

31. MSCs Slow on Reforms - WWF keeps up pressure for reforms, on eco-standard it helped start:

30. Boom - China's shrimp consumption to top 2M MT by 2020:

29. Boom - Atlantic Sapphire aims for 10% of USA market, on-land fish farm:

28. Disease - salmon, radio talk show about ISAV in NL:

27. Mail Fraud, Money Laundering Conviction - USA, shrimper:

26. Potential Loss of Fish Farms - BC, Hardy Buoys worried, but fish farms will be on land:

25. Conspiracy - WA, sea cucumbers:

24. Diseased, Dead Salmon Disposal Funding - protesters protest government money used for new method, $280,000:

23. GMO Omega-3s Questioned - Cargill, canola, questioned

22. Disease Could Kill Exports - Norway, Are Nylund, ISA, other countries can refuse ISA fish:

21. Staff Layoffs, Some Hired Back - Grimsby, Five Sisters closes, with 395 staff, Morrison's to add 100:

20. Offshore Farming - more pollution from Marine Harvest, the Beck Cage:

19. Offshore Farming - Salmar calls for offshore, which isa huge increase in ocean degradation:

18. Disease - Australia, shrimp, white spot outbreak, now back on track:

17. Disease - ISAV, harvested sick fish, Northern Harvest Sea Farms, NL, Spyglass Cove:

16. Disease - ISA, Marine Harvest is buying it, Northern Harvest Sea Farms, NL:

15.  Eco-friendly On-land - Atlantic Sapphire will have lots more appeal to consumers than conventional, in-ocean fish:

14. Boom - smoked salmon co, Farne, supplier to Tesco, rockets by 100million pounds, 20% increase:

13. 17 of 18 NL Rivers Invaded by Farmed Salmon - interbreeding: 750,000 salmon have escaped.

12. One-sided DFO Science - read these summaries:

11. More On-land - Norway, Salmo Terra, 8,000mt:

10.  Disease - Cooke harvests ISA farm:

9. Disease - IPN, ISA, in smolt farm, Norway, shut for 4-6 months, to sterilize, 25M NOK:

8. Aquaculture Role in Dying Wild Stocks - NL: "In a recent review conducted by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, 25 leading scientists reviewed over 150 studies about the impacts of net pen aquaculture on wild Atlantic salmon. Their conclusions were clear: salmon aquaculture negatively affects the productivity of nearby wild salmon populations."

7. Krill Killers Defend Harvest - Antarctic krill fishers against critical Greenpeace. krill feed baleen whales, for instance and should not end up in feed:

6. Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria - in fish farms, including BC:

5. Scotland Fails - to Protect Seals, and thus industry - US tariffs:

4. Tax Evasion Sentencing - Jack Ventola, in April, National Fish and Seafood:

3. Parasitical Worms - Indonesia bans cans of jack mackerel:

2. Injunction for Wild Salmon Fails - Marine Harvest to restock Swanson site with PRV smolts, Manson decision:

1.  Protest - Skye residents against 'organic' farms, Organic Sea Harvest:

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Gov Jay Inslee Bans In-ocean Fish Farms - A Great Victory for the Public and the Environment

On Thursday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed HB2957 into law, an act that will effectively ban the practice of open-water Atlantic salmon aquaculture

in the state of Washington.

The Our Sound, Our Salmon coalition sincerely thanks Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature for their bold and prudent efforts to protect Washington’s public waters from the threat posed by Atlantic salmon net pens, an industry that has been allowed to recklessly endanger the ecological health of Puget Sound for far too long. 

There is very little doubt that public support was the primary motivating factor behind the passage of HB2957. This year lawmakers expressed that they heard more from their constituents on the Atlantic salmon net pen issue than any other, and many members of both the House and Senate changed their stance on the issue over the course of the session, having considered the concerns of their constituents. 

We find it heartening that a measure to protect wild fish, marine mammals, and coastal communities was passed in large part due to the outspoken voices of concerned citizens, the very citizens to which our public waters belong.

Thank you. 

Now is the time for BC to join its neighbours and put fish farms on land. BC is now the only jurisdiction on the entire North American Pacific Coast that allows in-ocean fish farms. It is time for a change. BC and WA aboriginals, Lummi, Ernest Alfred have joined forces to push  for change in BC.

Our Sound Our Salmon goes on to say: 
"There is very little doubt that public support was the primary motivating factor behind the passage of HB2957. This year lawmakers expressed that they heard more from their constituents on the Atlantic salmon net pen issue than any other, and many members of both the House and Senate changed their stance on the issue over the course of the session, having considered the concerns of their constituents."

So send your comments to your MLA in BC, as well as: John Horgan (; Andrew Weaver (; Lana Popham, Minister (; Adam Olsen – BC Greens <>; 'Furstenau.MLA, Sonia' <>.

We can get fish farms out of our waters, too, and set up on land.