Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Nordlaks - Fish Farm Ship Mega-Sewage Problem - Norway, Updated Dec 5, 2015

There is something odd about Norwegians. They can divest from oil, but they can't seem to understand that polluting the ocean with fish farm sewage is not on for the rest of the world.

The rest of the world is in Paris trying to come to some agreement on solving climate change for the entire planet because our lives depend upon it. But Norway just keeps on pumping out more and more sewage into the world's oceans, reducing our ocean's ability to deal with methane, carbon, greater eutrophication, nitrogen and phosphorous, among other pollutants.

Nordlaks is bringing on stream a ship to ride the open sea, releasing 330% more pollution than the typical in-ocean farm of 600,000 fish - Nordlaks ship will hold 2 Million fish - and it thinks this is sustainability. Their plan should be on the negotiation table in Paris, and eliminated before they get finished building the ships.

Instead of closed containment on land, they propose more than tripling the sewage load from fish farms. Hard to understand. Here is a link:;postID=4171086541691897566;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname.

And here is a quote from the article:

"One Havfarm will be able to contain 10,000 tons of salmon – over 2 million fish. For comparison, the Nordlaks salmon slaughterhouse at Børøya produces 70,000 tons a year. The facilities will be able to withstand a significant wave height of ten metres, and can be raised by four metres during inclement weather. The ocean farm itself will extend ten metres below sea level. The farm will be constructed as a steel frame for six “cages” measuring 50 by 50 metres on the surface, with aquaculture nets going to a depth of 60 metres."

"Because steel louse skirts at a depth of ten metres will make sea lice history. When the Havfarm lays at anchor, the spreading area for waste products will be 27 times larger than it would be for ordinary pens, a massive 472,000 square metres. To the extent lice may appear on the salmon, the farm can facilitate the manual removal of sea lice. This also provides a totally chemical-free production. The use of chemicals to remove lice has been a much-debated environmental issue, and has been a major expense for the industry as well. This will change the direction of the aquaculture industry, which has been struggling due to such issues."
For those who want to look at what the rest of the world is doing, this link has 122 on-land fish farm systems on it, comprising more than 10,000 actual farms on land around the world:
Norway is now the old-tech dinosaur, and sadly for the rest of the planet, is watching the rest of the world move on while it ramps up its climate change fish farms. This should not happen.

Finally, each ship will cost 600 - 700 Million NOK, at Dec 4 exchange rate of .16 K/$,  is $96- to $112-million Canadian. When you consider that the Kuterra, BC on-land plant cost $7.6 Million, that means each ship that could be avoided, would result in 12.6 to 14.7 on-land fish farms in BC, Canada, or for the three almost half of the entire operating in-ocean fish farms in BC, i.e., 37.8 to 44.1, but on-land where the world wants sewage dealt with, not adding to climate change.

We need Norwegians on the side of getting rid of climate change, not making it worse. 

This just in from Huffington Post: 'While marches in the rest of the world largely targeted the fossil fuel industry, in B.C., salmon farming is viewed as our own version of the tar sands, as despised as big oil.'

As despised as big oil, says it all. Norway needs to wake up and get the climate change fish farms out of the water.

This just in: Monasanto is being taken to court for crimes against humanity for its role in climate change. I wonder whether fish farms will be charged during the Paris climate change negotiations for their role in polluting the ocean?. See:

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