Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Communications Spin - Norway, Hofseth

It is hard to believe that after all the destruction that Norwegian fish farms have inflicted on the world's oceans that in the face of lice killing salmon and wild salmon, diseases, escapes, genetic damage, huge sewage release, unsustainable feed, the list goes on... that anyone would have the temerity to use the same communications spin as was used almost 50 years ago.

But Hofseth takes the cake: http://www.hofseth-as.no/. Here is the spin from the first page of their site. These are the first words that greet you:

"Mystique of Norway

Norway's wonderful, unspoiled natural environment is famous worldwide for its deep, cold, and clear fjords.

This unique nature has made Norway a perfect area for fish farming; an area where the Atlantic salmon really belong after thousands of years with natural accommodation. Our products come from Norway's best and most sophisticated farmers, in the clean, deep Norwegian fjords."

Now that you have returned from the washroom where you emptied your stomach contents into the toilet, let me ask: can you believe that after 50 years of destruction around the world, that any company can claim the same unsubstantiated BS that they have all along?

I think not.

This is in the face of world wide problems. And in Norway, the government getting so fed up with in-ocean fish farms that it is no longer auctioning licences for in the ocean, but giving out free ones to set up shop on land, a $9- to $12-million subsidy. Only licences for clear technical advances in-ocean are being considered.

And Norway has 1100 in-ocean fish farms, vastly more than many other places. BC for instance, has 130 licences with 85 operating at any given time. And in all the countries that have Norwegian style fish farms the public overwhelmingly rejects them. In WA, for example, where the Cooke Cypress Island site collapsed releasing more than 100,000 farmed salmon, the public is taking them to court.

And, of course, you will remember that last year, 2016, Scotland (10,000,000 fish) and Norway's losses to lice, added to the Chilean losses to an algal bloom caused in part by their own sewage (25,000,000 dead fish) reduced the world supply by 8.7%, the issues were so bad.

Here is a reference for feed unsustainability: the top 20 global forage fish species for fish meal/oil are either in collapse, poorly managed or both. Norway is responsible for the Jack Mackerel crash off Chile, says The Sea Around Us Report: http://www.seaaroundus.org/doc/publications/books-and-reports/2016/End_Use_Reconstruction_Report.pdf..

And I have calculated that the sewage cost in BC is $10.4 Billion and this is the most conservative figure I could derive. In Scotland and especially in Norway, the in-ocean fish farms put out far more sewage than the human population as well, because there are even more in-ocean farmed fish.

And an industry the size of BC's kills 5.76 billion forage fish for food to bring in one harvest. Fish farms don't save fish as they claim, they kill them in huge numbers.

Now go back and read the disingenuous Hofseth spin again.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Antibiotics in Fish Farms Cause Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria - Norwegian Fish Farms - Updated Nov 12, 2017

Here is a longggg list of research papers regarding the use of antibiotics in fish farming and causing antibiotic resistant bacteria. This is  a serious issue because some pretty common antibiotics are used, for example, oxytetracycline. And when bacteria are resistant, and it gets through to human bacteria picking up the AR gene, there is no longer any chemical that can kill the bacteria when we humans get the disease.

Every year 700,000 humans die of antibiotic resistant bacteria. See item: 21.

Go look at this long list and frighten yourself about this central, but seldom discussed, issue in fish farms.

Fish farms need to be on-land where they have little need of antibiotics, and for governments to forbid the use of antibiotics used by humans, to be used in farming, fish or other animals.

Bill Bryden did the work of putting together this list. He is on Canada's Atlantic coast - farther from BC than NL is from Oslo, Norway - where the general public is just as much against in-ocean fish farms destroying the ocean as we are in BC. The people of Norway, where Dagbladet newspaper often lists, in great detail, the environmental damage, and human culpability for this damage, by Norwegian fish farms companies - Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg Seafood - become, even though the Norwegian public may not realize it, culpable.

Note that a victory over this offshore company that takes all its profits back to Norway to be distributed around the world to shareholders, just like the other two neo-liberalism spawned Norwegian companies, has occurred by the NL government. It has required an environmental assessment for Grieg's proposed Placentia Bay 11 farm mega project - 33,000 mt. See court comment on the EIS. The judge ordered the EIS: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/judge-orders-further-environmental-assessment-of-proposed-placentia-bay-fish-farm-1.4214517.

I doubt that Norwegians realize just how bad a name they are getting around the world with their companies' gross attack on our oceans, causing the same kind of problem below water that emissions have caused to the air above the water. If you want to see a dire prediction for all of us from fish farms/aquaculture/human sewage, just read this one about the Bengal Bay in India. We are at a tipping point, and Norwegian fish farms are doing their part to bring it to you, wherever you live around the globe. The link is in this post: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2017/02/the-future-of-aquaculture-on-land-fish.html. And in this post: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2017/02/killing-our-oceans-with-fish.html.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria science:

1. Antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria, in Chile, 2002: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AEUcIFeN2cZntD0&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112520&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

2. Antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) in fish farms in Irelandhttps://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AAFb%5F24wO8z6fUQ&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112521&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

3. Antibiotics and ARB in Canada:  https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AIBTJhVw%5F%2DBQWWk&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112522&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

4. ARB in Chile: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AEK2EB1f3XD3sxI&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112523&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

5. ARB in Chile, and finding resistance genes in e-coli in humans:  https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AKx8Xkl%2D6EqWb4Y&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112524&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

5.  Use and abuse of antibiotics in salmon fish farming: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ADSDx9%2DSvwBSuxw&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112525&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

6. Antibiotics in aquaculture: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ALy8bCLv34Slg6o&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112526&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

7. Antibiotics in wild fish around fish farms: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AIFfsBW0nK4jsAo&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112527&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

8. Drug resistance in salmonella: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AJx%2DSaIFJZMJ4Q4&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112528&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

9. ARB and antibiotics use in Canadahttps://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ACXq9X8nV52yUD4&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112529&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

10. Salmon bacteria: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21APo%2Df3n9bLfpvU0&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112530&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

11. More ARB in aquaculture: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AOfB5sszvEr5eTI&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112531&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

12. AR phenotypes, hatcheries in Atlantic Canada: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AM%5Fh0jznor%2Dp%5FPA&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112532&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

13. Atlantic Canada Isolates: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ALSN8%2DDZrtHBAtQ&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112533&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

14. ARB and bacterial kidney disease hn chinook salmon: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ADuzCqNoNNeW1XU&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112534&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

15. Review on tetracycline ARB: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AKgogx5H5Z%2DlVhM&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112535&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

16. Diversity of tetracycline resistance genes in bacteria, Chile: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ADJyB9tvNHy0aQE&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112536&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

17. Antibiotics found in Chilean salmon fillets: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AFTkbWVMWsJKVFM&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112537&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

18. Comprehensive AR in Piscirickettsia: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AKIshLTPdoQPChk&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112538&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

19. Gene sequence in an ARB Piscir.: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AE3zdW1W2jX4Hrw&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112539&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

20. More tetracycline resistance: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AAqiHkilCD58eaA&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112540&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

21. AR deaths in humans, 700,000: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21APOoVTeoEbsZFUg&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112541&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

22. Aquaculture as a gateway to ARB: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AFxtxs9ikEPildY&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112542&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

23. ARB and distance from fish farm: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21APpChfspHAou%2DKw&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112543&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

24. CLSI resistance methods: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AIg1iF%5FJ2T%5F3bBA&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112544&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

25. Difficulty in tracking AR in CAnada: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21APy6T96BPROolM4&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112545&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

26. Norwegian research:  https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AGoBDziYMVB9u90&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112546&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

27. ARB in e-coli:  https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ADXUpQUd9%5FOtm3Y&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112547&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

28. ARB in salmon in freshwater: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AFLGXKDIpYiUnrY&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112548&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

29. ARB in salmon aquaculture in saltwater: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ACCp%5FxW2OFEJFcw&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112549&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

30. A review article: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ALXlqkd3jSdyTXk&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112550&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

31. E-coli in raw fish bought in Switzerland: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AFAWWw%2DtuU%5FUBGg&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112551&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

32. AR in marine fish farms: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21APx7XZMaky4rWfk&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112552&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

33. Moral responsibility of person using antibiotics for deaths of humans: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ACp86OO9cQ0Tf%5Fs&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112553&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

34. More AR in Chile: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ALCS7WOi6BmAiJ0&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112554&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

35. AR profiling in Chile: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AJLJ7NEWe7fzbeY&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112555&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

36. AR in countries around th world: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AOPgs4TzoHXfkug&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112556&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

37. More AR in marine aqua: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AAkG7zJgc%2DolOeg&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112557&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

38. Ignoring AR committee recommendations: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AMFN5jdAD86bZ7o&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112558&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

39. Stress causes susceptibility in fish to disease and then A are used: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AGRs%2DDZzADYBCqQ&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112559&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

40. Antibiotic use: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AK45aR%2DR0nPHshI&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112560&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp. 259 g /mt up from 4 g, For SRS and mouth rot.

41. Record levels of antibiotics use in Chile, 2016: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ACIG4JsBbzeJDoQ&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112562&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

42. Court says public should know about Chile's antibiotics use in fish farms: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ALYr7Xtgy8oiddc&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112563&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

43. Antibiotics in on-land manure: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AOMAWmndvT0pmBw&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112564&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

44. 1000s of kg of medicated feed dumped in NL fish farms: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AMGoagxfhB%2DGzy4&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112565&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

45. Antibiotics used in BC in 2014, image of 1877 km: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AL7CzJZKQidJlYc&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112566&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

46.  AR genes in fish plant workers, e-coli, Chile: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AIs3qr8W%2Db30EJU&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112567&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

47. ARB in Australia fish farms: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ACa9A7AG8KXrHlo&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112568&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

48. ARB up to 8 km from fish farms, Chile: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AM0M7ll2838RU5s&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112569&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

49.  Antibiotics approved for use in Canada, graph, includes oxytetracycline: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AJWBcvQUHaIyzwA&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112571&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

50. Human health issues from antibiotics use in animals:  https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ANPVE%5F0GqH6VcY8&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112572&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

51. 113 antibiotics likely to be banned from use in animals, WHO: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AD8%2D68D4On4R%2DUw&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112573&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp,

52. More human health issues from antibiotics use in animals: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ABykAQTnepEXWl0&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112574&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

53. Message from public health officer of Canada: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AOAGcKOjApI9jYU&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112575&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

54. AR from aquaculture: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AGo9708hVHYG3q4&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112576&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

55. WHO list of antibiotics used in animals that should not be because humans need them: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AICuLoxhAjA%2DGAA&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112577&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

56. More comment on AR, from WHO: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AGy%2DuGy5GZzIBd0&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112578&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

57. Letter to journal about AR: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ANB3WgSaOS9xfyo&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112579&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

58. More on AR in Chile: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ANB3WgSaOS9xfyo&cid=BD6C045CA68C823E&id=BD6C045CA68C823E%2112579&parId=BD6C045CA68C823E%2110761&o=OneUp.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Fish Farm Sewage, Fish Farm Chemicals, Fish Farm Antibiotics

I have calculated that a conservative cost of fish farm sewage to the taxpayers of BC is $10.4 Billion. Of all the aspects of sewage treatment I have looked into, there is no industry that comes anywhere close to this amount of sewage damage.

And the other thing is that no one wants to pay for anyone else's sewage. Not a bean of it.

Here is the post where I show you how to calculate this figure. I have said my amount is conservative. The other end of a fair estimate is triple the $10.4B figure, that's how bad fish farms in BC are.

See: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2017/02/fish-farm-sewage-huge-cost-to-bc.html.

The sewage output in BC by fish farms is greater than all the sewage put out by all the humans in BC, that's how bad fish farms are, and, again, that is at the $10.4 B level, not triple, as in the other end of the conservative range.

The same can be said about the sewage cost in other countries around the world that still allow in-ocean fish farms. Note that it is fair to say that everywhere in the world that the public has to put up with fish farms, they come to overwhelmingly reject them. See this post: https://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2017/05/global-citizens-call-for-on-land-fish.html.

And, now, here is a graphic that gives graphic evidence that fish farms in Scotland are one of the most abusing industries with respect to sewage release into pristine waters:

You will note that only waste recycling plants deal with more pollution than fish farms, that is how bad fish farms are. Fish farms are far above private and public sewage treatment.

And how badly are the fish infected with PCBs, chemicals, POPs and antibiotics compared with other types of meat products that we eat?

Look here, it is hard to miss:

Yes, you read it right. Farmed salmon has 10 times the chemical pollutants than any other food we eat for meat protein.

And just how much antibiotics are in BC farmed salmon? Read on, nearly 2000 km of pills laid end to end:


Hard to believe, yet true.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Chief Bob Chamberlin - Welcome to Fish Farm News

Hi Chief Bob Chamberlin

I introduced myself briefly at today’s event.

I did so because I wanted you to know the person behind: www.fishfarmnews.blogspot.com. It has become a global portal on fish farm issues, and looks to reach 400,000 page
views by the end of the year.

Here are some images from today. They are cropped to make them an easier size to send.

The point I was making about on-land fish farms is that my list has 194 different on-land farm systems, comprising almost 20,000 on-land farms around the world. It is one of the most often viewed posts on the site: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2016/05/152-different-on-land-fish-farm-systems.html. The post starts with dozens of studies on on-land fish farms, costing studies and so on. The Atlantic Sapphire on-land plant coming on stream in Florida, at 150,000 tons will severely impact the BC industry because they sell most product into the USA – but not after AT is on stream. Also, Marine Harvest executives are jumping ship to AT because they see the writing on the wall.

One final thing, Marine Harvest is putting $100,000,000 into closed containment in Norway. Tell them to bring some of the cash here and do it here because there is lots of land, and the Kroner is worth more in Canada than at home.

DC (Dennis) Reid 

A few images of the rally to get fish farms out of the ocean in BC, particularly the Broughton Archipelago, Nov 2, provincial Parliament Buildings:




Dominic LeBlanc - Minions Making Much of Nothing

What is one to say to someone who looks you in the eye and tells you something you know is not true? The reality is that DFO has been neglecting wild BC Salmon for forty years. I have lived here longer than that and have watched the number of salmon go down and down.

It is DFO's responsibility and after destroying east coast cod, they have been slowly making west coast salmon extinct. The Cultus lake sockeye for instance, and this year, even the chum down so far that the in-river gillnet is killing the Thompson steelhead to the point there is no point fishing for a legendary run, requiring a Spey rod to reach the distant lies.

DFO can't even keep enough chinook in the ocean to feed 79, er, 78, er... orcas in the Salish Sea. Very sad indeed. What is needed is immediate netpens of chinook, 200,000 each, sterilized (diploided/triploided) fry in the spring in a dozen different sites to put a quick 2 million plus chinook in the ocean for food.

The South Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition is doing just that, raising chinook for orcas in their Sooke Basin net pen project. Much more is needed.

Here is the letter written for Dominic LeBlanc by someone a lot like me, who wrote 5,000 minister's letters while working for the Ministry of Finance in BC. It is sad indeed to be on the receiving end of such moribund stuff:

SEP 26, 2017
Mr. D.C. Reid

Dear Mr. Reid:

Thank you for your most recent correspondence of July 21, 2017, regarding aquaculture in
British Columbia.

I assure you that I am aware of your concerns, and those of the many British Columbians
who have written to me about this. I have had many discussions about Pacific aquaculture
responsibilities with my colleagues and fellow parliamentarians from the province.

As you may be aware, our government in Budget 2016 gave Fisheries and Oceans Canada
(DFO) $197 million to put toward fisheries and aquaculture science. As a result, a number of
studies have been funded.

Furthermore, my mandate letter commits DFO to act on Cohen Commission
recommendations. Since becoming Minister I have focused my attention on this area, and can
tell you that the Department is diligently working to meet this commitment. Senior
departmental officials, such as Rebecca Reid and Andrew Thomson, work closely with me in
fulfilling this commitment our government made to Canadians.

The Government of Canada recognizes the cultural, ecological, and economic importance of
salmon in British Columbia. The protection and conservation of wild salmon and all aquatic
resources is a priority, and DFO staff continue to work towards building robust regulations
that ensure that these resources are sustained for generations to come.

I appreciate your sharing your views with me.

Yours sincerely,

Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard


As I said, Dominic's staff looked me in the eye and lied. I have come to the view that, regarding fish farms, science is a trap. It is naive, hubris or a manipulation. Believing that in BC science will work when it has not worked anywhere in the world regarding fish farms, who then say the science is not enough, we need more science.

Norway has it right. It has grown fed up with the grotesque damage of fish farms and has not auctioned off any in-ocean licences since 2014. It gives out for free, on-land licences, a $9-to $12-million subsidy, based on the auction price. And fosters closed containment systems as well.

Marine Harvests is putting $100Million into closed containment. Canada is not doing anything.

Let's hope that the aboriginals putting down their foot, arguing that getting fish farms out of the waters is a matter of their rights, solves the problem. They don't want any more science, they have changed the argument to their rights. Clever. Let's hope it works.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Piscine Reovirus - Fish Farms Can't Survive Without It

If you can believe it, DFO and fish farms sought to oppose being prevented from putting PRV fish into BC waters at fish farms. PRV causes HSMI. HSMI is the third worst fish farm disease. While the citizens of BC don't really care about farmed fish, they care as much about wild Pacific salmon as Quebec does French.

See the survey: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-residents-consider-salmon-a-cultural-touchstone-survey-finds/article594381/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&.

Well, where are we one year later?

Here, from Morton's site, the Oct 24, 2017 post: http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/.

"In 2016, I won a lawsuit that revealed that the Marine Harvest Dalrymple Hatchery is infected with piscine reovirus, a highly contagious Norwegian salmon blood virus.   DFO was directed to test farm salmon for this virus before issuing transfer permits into ocean pens, however DFO refuses to do this. And so we are back in court. Marine Harvest provided the court with information that most of their hatcheries are infected with PRV and stated that they would be “severely” impacted if they can’t grow PRV infected fish in BC waters. What about people who don’t want to eat salmon infected with a salmon heart virus virus, people who rely on salmon, who now have no food fish. What about the much larger wild salmon economy? What about future generations?"

The obvious solution is to put fish farms on land, or they can go back to Norway where their own government grew so fed up with their environmental degradation that it stopped auctioning in-ocean licences three years ago, in 2014, and now gives out on-land licences for free, a $9- to $12-million subsidy based on the previous auction price. 

And what do Broughton Archipelago aboriginals think about putting PRV fish in their waters? They want the farms out - for good. They told John Horgan, Premier these things:

""We want fish farms out so we can survive – this is genocide,” hereditary leader Robert Mountain.
“Our council is demanding removal of salmon farms and that Larson Island farm not be restocked.” Elected chief Dicki Sumner.
“Marine Harvest, the only thing we want to hear from you is when you are leaving, so we can plan the celebration, no more studies or committees!” Hereditary leader Art Dick, Mamalilikulla.
Killing salmon is the same as killing our people.” Hereditary leader Bill Cramner, Namgis.
“The people with vision know that fish farms are going to go,” hereditary and elected leader Don Svanvik, Namgis."

Atlantic Sapphire On-Land Fish Farm

The new Atlantic Sapphire on-land fish farm, in Florida, at 150,000 tons may well cause serious damage to the BC industry, unless it moves from the ocean onto land.

And despite what Ian Roberts, communications person at MH in BC, said about not buying Kuterra, the on-land fish farms in BC, his own company doesn't agree with him. Marine Harvest is investing $100 Million in closed containment/on-land. See: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2016/06/closed-containment-marine-harvest.html. 

And, of course, there are those MH executives that have left MH and signed on with AS.

Here are some other useful links to investigate AS and MH closed containment:
There are several references to follow up in this one, from 2016: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2016/06/closed-containment-marine-harvest.html. 

This gives you Atlantic Sapphire, and a link to on-land hitting 20,000mt by 2020: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2017/03/the-future-of-on-land-fish-farms-is-now.html. 

Cruise the bold facing in this one for on-land items, for ex, in Norway, NOFIMA at 344: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2017/05/bad-news-bites-fifth-post.html. There is also MH in the 380s, and 377.