Three years ago I knew little about global farming of Atlantic salmon. I thought the story was: jobs, revenue and feeding a hungry world. Then I read a Science journal article dated January 9, 2004 by Hites et al from Albany University of New York. It detailed the persistent organic pollutants (POPs), PCBs, dioxins and other chemicals found in farmed salmon, and that cause, among other things, cancer.
Then I read an article by David Miller of Bath University, UK on how the fish farm industry had systematically attacked the article’s, and scientists’ credibility and ultimately ‘proven’ that Scotland’s farmed salmon were sustainable and organic. The problem was that Miler’s article read like a Hollywood thriller: https://www.academia.edu/2939514/Spinning_farmed_salmon.
Since reading it I have questioned everything fish farms say. Marine Harvest, Cermaq, Grieg Seafood, 90% of the BC industry, are all from Norway. I realized the threat their diseases pose to wild Pacific salmonids, and that BC is the first place where contact with the Pacific species has happened. The obvious solution: putting fish farms on land, has been persistently refused by the global Norwegian companies, Marine Harvest in 22 countries, for example.
To do my small part in standing for wild Pacific salmon, I started the blog: www.fishfarmnews.blogspot.com. I had no idea it would become a global success, and, without any advertising, or anything other than putting up text, I have been stunned it has received 85,000 page views, with an acceleration to another 50,000 in the next year likely. To my surprise, I have received email from all continents. Recently a newspaper in Tasmania asked me for advice on how to deal with the industry moving there.
I have just placed all posts in an index so anyone interested has reference to all posts in one place. I go back and update posts, so even ones from three years ago can contain new information. Without doubt the post on the 69 Closed-Containment, On-land fish Farm Systems I have found around the world, and that comprise more than 8,000 actual farms, is far and away the most viewed post on the site. The world wants fish farms out of the ocean.
The purpose of the blog is to put up links to the science so anyone can read it and form their own opinions. I have read 20,000 pages of fish farm environmental damage science in the past three years, and often read 100 pages of fish farm news each week. There are times when my forecasts of global farmed fish prices and shares is more accurate than the brokers in Oslo and New York who get paid to do what I do for free.
Any reader who wants to look into, say, the science of on-land, closed, recirculating fish farms can get there from links on the site. One link is to a symposium held in Shepherdstown, Virginia in Sept 2013. There are more than 50 presentations at this link and will keep you reading for days. They are fascinating: http://tidescanada.org/salmon/aquaculture-innovation-workshops-and-reports/.
Of great humour, Marine Harvest, Cermaq (now Mitsubishi?) and Grieg Seafood, who are unwilling to give their real names in my list of followers, follow my site closely and obviously read everything the second I post it; this is because almost 12,000 page views are from Norway; 1 in 7.
Currently DFO is rewriting the aquaculture laws to allow fish farms to release anything they want from their farms into our oceans: chemicals, anti-fouling, diseases and sewage. My estimate of the last item is $10.4 Billion that we, taxpayers, in essence pay for. While this is bad, the BC industry could well be toast as its own parents companies in Norway successfully lobbied for the USA to remove a 26% tariff on their products – the US is the only real market of BC farmed fish, as in 85%, because Canadians won’t eat it. Chile, just back from the brink in 2008, losing a quarter of a billion fish to ISA disease, is at peak production and it goes into the States, too. In addition, Marine Harvest recently floated a bond in New York, and will be setting up in the USA soon. In other words, the BC industry may well be sacrificed by its own parent companies. Not a legal issue, simply economics.
Here is the link to the index: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/10/index-to-wwwfishfarmnewsblogspotcom.html.
In closing, Hites et al have gone on to publish several articles over the intervening decade about the chemical pollutants in farmed fish. And the big story in Norway the past year is their scientists and doctors telling consumers not to eat farmed salmon because of the health issues to do with eating those chemicals.
*Atlantic/Wild Pacific Salmon Crosses – eggs and milt. http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/10/atlanticwild-pacific-salmon-crosses.html.
*Conflict of Interest Continues, DFO back Farmed Salmon, Not Wild Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/09/conflict-of-interest-continues-dfo.html.
*Fish Sales Fraud in Europe and the United States: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/09/fish-sales-fraud-in-europe-and-usa.html.
*Key Document – More Fat In Farmed Salmon than in Pizza: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/09/key-document-more-fat-in-farmed-salmon.html.
*Sprinting Fraser Sockeye Die – New Research: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/08/sprinting-fraser-sockeye-die-new.html.
*Escaped Farmed Salmon/Trout in Norway: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/08/escaped-farmed-salmontrout-in-norway.html.
*Global Fish Farm Environmental Degradation – The Third World: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/08/global-fish-farm-environmental.html.
*NZ Talley Says Only Future for Farmed Fish is On-land: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/08/nz-tally-says-only-future-for-farmed.html.
*ISA in Canada – 2013, 2014: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/07/isa-in-canada-2013-2014.html.
*New Aquaculture Regulations in Canada – Very Sad for Wild Pacific Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/07/new-aquaculture-regulations-in-canada.html.
*Key Document – Kuterra – Land Based Farmed Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/06/kuterra-land-based-farmed-salmon.html.
*DFO and Nancy Greene Want Fish Farms in BC? We Don’t Want Them In Our Ocean: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/06/dfo-and-nancy-greene-fish-farms-in-bc.html.
*Consumers Will Only Buy Closed-Containment Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/06/consumers-will-only-buy-closed.html.
*Weakening the ‘Strictest’ Fish Farm Laws in the World: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/05/weakenng-strictest-fish-farm-laws-in.html.
*ISA – New Infections – Norway, Chile: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/05/isa-new-infections-norway-chile.html.
*Nancy Greene Raine and Federal Senators – Please Support Wild BC Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/05/nancy-greene-raine-and-federal-senators.html.
*Nancy Greene Raine – Wants Fish Farms? What About Wild BC Salmon?: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/04/nancy-greene-raine-fish-farms-what.html.
*Fish Farm Sewage – DFO Expansions Cost You Money: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/03/fish-farm-sewage-dfo-expansions-cost.html.
*Fish Farm Sewage – Causes Algal Blooms: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/02/fish-farm-sewage-staggering-cause-algal.html.
*Key Document – Taxpayer Money For Diseased Dead Fish:
*Fish Farm Diseases – ISA in Norway and Etc.: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/02/fish-farm-diseases-isa-in-norway-and-etc.html.
*Key Document – Taxpayer Money for Diseased Dead Fish: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/02/key-document-taxpayer-money-for.html.
*ISA Confirmation: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/01/isa-confirmation.html.
*Key Document: Slaughter Payments to Fish Farms: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/01/dey-document-slaughter-payments-to-fish.html.
*Most Stringent Fish Farm Laws in the World – Not: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/12/most-stringent-fish-farm-laws-in-world.html.
*Sea Lice Kill 34% of Wild Salmon Smolts – Ireland – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/12/sea-lice-kill-34-of-wild-salmon-smolts.html.
*Chile: Millions of Escaped Farmed Salmon – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/12/chile-millions-of-escaped-farmed-salmon.html.
*Harper Government Dismantling Canadian Government Science Resources – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/12/harper-government-dismantling-canadian.html.
*Key Document – Cohen Commission Website, Updated on ISA, Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/12/key-document-cohen-commission-website.html.
*Norwegians Won’t Eat Farmed Salmon – that Means Marine Harvest, Cermaq Mainstream, *Grieg Seafood and Others: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/06/norwegians-wont-eat-farmed-salmon-that.html.
*CFIA Can’t Find Disease – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/06/cfia-cant-find-disease-updated-jume-18.html.
*Fish Farm Salmon High in Toxic Chemicals: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/06/fish-farm-salmon-high-in-toxic-chemicals.html.
*Morton and Eco-Justice Taking DFO to Court Marine Harvest to Court Over PRV Transferred To the Pacific Ocean: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/05/morton-and-ecojustice-take-keith.html.
*64 On-land Fish Farm Systems, Comprising more than 8,100 On-land Fish Farms Around the World – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/04/63-on-land-fish-farm-systems-comprising.html.
*ISA in BC Salmon – DFO States the Opposite of the Truth: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/04/isa-in-bc-salmon-dfo-states-opposite-of.html.
*Salmon Confidential – Debunking Fish Farm Claims: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/03/salmon-confidential-debunking-fish-farm.html.
*Global Fish Farm Diseases – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/03/global-fish-farm-diseases-mar-3-2013.html.
*Key Document - Sport Fishing – How We Stack Up - Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/02/sport-fishing-how-we-tack-up-feb-6-2013.html.
*Fish Farms Kill More Than 50% of Wild Salmon – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2013/01/fish-farms-kill-more-than-50-of-wild.html.
*Key Document - DFO Refuses to Admit ISA Virus in BC Wild Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/12/dfo-refuses-to-admit-isa-virus-is-in-bc.html.
*Move Fish Farms out of Clayoquot Sound to Save Wild Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/11/move-fish-farms-out-of-clayoquot-sound.html.
*Cohen Commission Report Released: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/10/cohen-commission-report-released-oct-31.html.
*Salmon Farm Activist Acquitted of Defamation: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/10/salmon-farm-activist-acquitted-of.html.
*Don Staniford Acquitted of Defaming Mainstream Canada: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/09/don-staniford-acquitted-of-defaming.html.
*Fish Farms Kill Seals and Sea Lions Around the World: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/09/fish-farms-kill-seals-and-sea-lions.html.
*Key Document – Fish Farms Damage Ocean Bottoms: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/07/key-document-fish-farms-damage-ocean.html.
*Key Document – Fish Farm Diseases that Infect Humans: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/07/key-document-farmed-salmon-diseases.html.
*BAP Awards Not Awards – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/07/bap-awards-not-awards-july-4-2012.html.
*“Red Alert” – Elena Edwards Note to DFO: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/07/red-alert-elena-edwards-note-to-dfo.html.
*Key Document: BC Conservative Members Who Voted Against Wild BC Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/06/key-document-bc-conservative-members_23.html.
*GAPI Report – Aquaculture Awards Not Environmentally Justifiable: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/06/gapi-report-aquaculture-awards-not.html.
*IHN in BC Salmon Farms – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/05/ihn-in-bc-salmon-farms-updated-may-27.html.
*Key Links: Fish Farm Share Prices and Financial Information – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/05/key-links-fish-farm-share-prices-and.html.
*Fish Farms Infect Wild BC Salmon - Kibenge: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/05/fish-farms-infect-wild-bc-salmon-may-13.html.
*Harper’s EU Trade Agreement: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/04/harpers-eu-trade-agreement.html.
*Norway – Wild Salmon Numbers: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/04/norway-wild-salmon-numbers.html.
*CFIA – Double Standard on ISA: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/04/cfia-double-standard-on-isa.html.
*Key Document – Low Dose Hormones Lead to Worse Health Problems: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/04/key-document-low-dose-hormones-lead-to.html.
*Lice in Norway/LICE in BC: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/04/lice-in-norwaylice-in-bc-april-13-2012.html.
*More ISA in BC: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/04/more-i.html.
*Google: Consumers Don’t Buy Farmed Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/03/google-consumers-dont-buy-farmed-salmon.html.
*Key Document: Agrimarine Losses – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/03/key-document-agrimarine-losses.html.
*Key Document – Farmed Fish Prices Will Tank in 2012 – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/03/key-document-farmed-fish-prices-will.html.
*Key Document – EU Welfare Platform: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/03/key-document-eu-welfare-platform-mar-17.html.
*Key Document: CFIA Testing of ISA in BC: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/02/key-document-cfia-testing-of-isa-in-bc.html.
*2012 In Review – Chile and Norway at Odds: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/02/2012-in-review-chile-and-norway-at-odds.html.
*Key Document: Royal Society of Canada – DFO Failing Canada’s Oceans: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/02/key-document-royal-society-of-canada.html.
*Critique of Fish Farm Advertisement in: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/02/go-look-at-fish-farm-advertisement-that.html.
*HSMI – A New Viral Infection of Farmed Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/02/hsmi.html.
*Key Document – 69 Mostly On-land, Closed Containment, Fish Farm Systems – More than 8,100 actual farms – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/01/key-document-34-mostly-on-land-closed.html.
*Key Fish Farm Statistics – Keith Ashfield, Jan 11, 2012 News Release: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/01/keith-ashfield-jan-11-2012-news-release.html.
*ISA – Deficiencies in BC Testing System, DFO and CFIA: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/01/isa-deficiencies-in-bc-testing-system.html.
*Alaska Pink Salmon Ocean Ranching: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/01/alaska-ocean-ranching-pink-problem.html.
*Unspinning Fish Farm Spin: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/12/unspinning-fish-farm-spin-dec-27-2011.html.
*Key Document – PCR Testing by BC Government, CFIA: A Crituque on Infections Salmon Anemia Virus Detection Capabilities of the Canadian Fish Health Protection Regulations – SA Goldes, MSC, 2011: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/12/key-document-pcr-testing-by-bc.html.
*Key Documents – OIE ISA Testing Manual, Cohen Commission Hearings, Dec 15, 16, 19,, 2011 – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/12/key-documents-oie-isa-testing-manual.html.
*Key Documents – Organic Seafood Does Not Include Farmed Atlantic Samon – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/12/key-documents-organic-seafood-does-not.html.
*ISA Testing for Salmon: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/12/isa-testing-for-salmon.html.
*Key BC News – ISA Disease in BC: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/11/key-bc-news-isa-disease-in-bc-nov-28.html.
*Key Documents – High Levels of PCBs, POPs and other Chemicals in Farmed Fish – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/11/key-documents-levels-of-pcbs-pops-and.html.
*ISA Breaks Out in Chile Again – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/11/isa-breaks-out-in-chile-again-nov-3.html.
*Fish Farm Diseases Pass Genes to Human Diseases: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/11/fish-farm-diseases-passed-to-humans-nov.html.
*Minister Ashfield Denies BC ISA: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/11/minister-ashfield-denies-isa-nov-9-2011.html.
*ISA Current Press – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/11/isa-current-press.html.
*Chile Wants Compensation from Norway and Norwegian Fish Farms: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/11/chile-wants-compensation-from-norway.html.
*Fish Farm Deaths – 29 Million Dead Fish: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/11/fish-farm-fish-deaths-in-norway.html.
*Closed, On-land Fish Farm Systems – Post Being Developed – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/closed-system-studies-post-being.html.
*Fish Farm Myths – A Growing List – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/fish-farm-myths-growing-list.html.
*Key Links – Fish Farm Share Prices and Financial Information – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/key-links-fish-farm-share-prices-and.html.
*Key Document – Fish Farm Tactics: Spinwatch.org – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/key-document-fish-farm-tactics.html.
*Key Links – Fish Farm News and Science: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/links-to-fish-farm-news-and-science.html.
*Introductory List of Fish Farm Issues: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/introductory-list-of-fish-farm-issues.html.
*Key Documents – ISA Infections World Wide Since 1984 – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/isa-infections-world-wide-sine-1984.html.
*ISA in BC – Actions Needed Now: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/isa-in-bc-actions-needed-now.html.
*ISA Confirmed in BC – Salmon Extinction Possible: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/isa-confirmed-in-bc-salmon-extinction.html.
**Cohen Commission Testimony – Dr. Kristi Miller – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/cohen-commission-testimony-dr-kristi.html.
*Global Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA): http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/global-infectious-salmon-anemia-isa-in.html.
*Purpose of Fish Farm News and Science: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/purpose-of-fish-farm-news-and-science.html.
*Marine Mammals Killed by Fish Farms in BC – Updated: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2011/10/marine-mammals-killed-by-fish-farms-in.html.