Saturday, 14 January 2017

BAD NEWS BITES - Farmed Salmon/Seafood Industry, Updated April 26, 2017

I receive more than 20 global fish farm 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 fourth post, and in little more than a year, I have found more than 1100 BAD NEWS BITES. Some days I am stunned by the amount of bad news in the fish farm/seafood industry. As of Mar 11/17, you can add another 250 BAD NEWS BITES, from this post, or more than 1350 BAD NEWS stories since July 1/15.

Here is the link to the previous post:

Here is the link to July 1/15 to May 1/16, 442 BAD NEWS BITES:

That post has links to the other BAD NEWS BITES posts. Skim down the bold facing and be prepared to see more bad news in an industry than you might ever have imagined.

Here is a summary of the bad news:

"In one mouthful, here are the kind of stories I am finding: boom bust industry, billions made and lost, crisis in lice and disease, 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 fungicide in USA seafood, fake industry awards, all the wild salmon in the Pacific ocean, more than a billion, put in peril... it goes on."

Look at the last post as it shows the CEO of the company that owns Marine Harvest, John Fredriksen, selling half a billion dollars in stock on the bet that the share price will drop so he can make money buying it back.

And now the list of BAD NEWS BITES, since January 14, 2017 (yes, this is more than 150 bad news stories per month):


466.  No Enforcement - EU fisheries laws not enforced:

465. More Fines - Da Yang, $54,600, for wastewater discharges:

464. Bust - Canada, salmon take further hit in US market, flooded now with small whole fish from Europe:

463. Boom - Seachill aims Saucy Fish at 100 million Pounds:

462. Fines - Trident Seafood, $37,400, second fine this year, wastewater pollution:

461. Boom and Bust - Walmart takes Norwegian salmon for 485 stores, weakening the Canadian industry:

460. Boom - BC, Marine Harvest, sadly, has let a contract for 87 new in-ocean pens:

459. New Protest Group - NL, wants fish farms out of the water, and pay for any damage, no compensation for diseased, dead fish:

458. Boom - Camanchaca, Chile, aims for 50,000 mt salmon:

457.  DFO Refuses to Stand for Wild Salmon - see the Kim Klottins email, refusing for the CFIA to talk with Alexandra Morton:

456. Non-transparent Lobbiest - Timothy Powers, NB, read:; 
Neither wild salmon, nor the public, who overwhelmingly reject fish farms, have lobbiests.

455. Aboriginals Against Fish Farms - this document covers aboriginal election issues, as put forth by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and related groups, for answer by candidates for the May 9 BC election. It includes fish farms and, when will DFO act on the Cohen Commission recommendations? No one in BC thinks Cohen has been acted on. See:

454.  Hunger Strike, DFO Protest - NL,

453. Increased Open Ocean Sewage - Norway, fish farms want to operate at sea, deeper than lice, but treat the ocean as a free open sewer, for even larger farms. Risk of wrecks, escapes of even more farmed salmon:

452.  Company Sold - major company Seachill, UK, by Icelandic Group:

451. Shipping Fraud - Vietnam, shrimp, EU inspections:

450. Immediate Suspension of Wrasse Fishery - salmon farms, UK Angling Trust:

449. False Financials - Chinese firm may be delisted, China Oceans Resources Co., South Korea:

448. Tax Fraud - exec pleads guilty, Pandolfo, National Fish and Seafood:

447. Boom - On-land fish farms:

446. Antibiotics - Huge Use in Chile, 2015 article:
"Unable to develop an effective vaccine [to SRS], Chilean farmers have been forced to increase antibiotic use. In 2014, the industry produced around 895,000 tonnes of fish and used 563,200 kilograms (1.2 million pounds) of antibiotics, according to government and industry data. Antibiotic use had risen 25 percent from 2013. In contrast, Norway, the world's largest salmon producer, produced around 1.3 million tonnes of fish and used 972 kilos of antibiotics in 2013."

445. Antibiotic Resistance, A Very Serious Problem! - passing resistance from fish farm use and bacteria to human bacteria. FC Cabello has been doing this research for decades, some 18 articles featured here:

444. Antibiotic Resistance - spreads far and wide with tide. Chile, 124 bacteria isolates from fish farms and 8km away, 81% had antibiotic resistance, to antibiotics used: "Resistance to tetracycline was most commonly encoded by tetA and tetG; to trimethoprim, by dfrA1, dfrA5 and dfrA12; to sulfamethizole, by sul1 and sul2; to amoxicillin, by blaTEM ; and to streptomycin, by strA-strB" This means in human antibiotics, and, resistance genes could be transferred to E. Coli, a human, warmblooded bacteria.

443. Bust and Boom - bust for in-ocean farms, boom for on-land farms: Q:  "land-based production costs and traditional sea-based costs are converging at NOK 35–37/kg head-on gutted. The major driver of this is the rapid increase in health-related costs for open net pen farming,” the bank [DNB] said." Ha, Ha. And, as I have been saying, the cost of transport is high, too, meaning near-market farms have an advantage: "production in RAS facilities – and with the advantage of being built in the US or Asia, that is to say, near to the market – puts the production cost per kg of HOG salmon on a par with traditional open net pens, at NOK 37/kg." And: “No new license have been awarded since 2014, when SalMar bid NOK 66 million for a license. Since then, the Seafood Index (OSLSFX) has doubled, suggesting the market value of a license is also higher.” NOK 66m is $10.6 CDN million. Why isn't NL and BC, NB and NS charging the same? Or more? And, finally: "Since June 2016 Norway's directorate of fisheries has begun allocating land-based farming licenses without fees, further helping on the start-up costs." Yes, it's an $11 million subsidy per license.

442. Bust - Marine Harvest, Scotland, 2/3s of its 50 farms had too high lice levels, losses from Thermolicer, higher chemical costs to kill lice, lost 5,000mt:

441. Protest Mega Project - NL, Placentia Bay:

440. Bust - on going train wreck, KPMG looking for administration for Grimsby, processor, Aquila Processing:

439. Salmon Ban in USA? - Scotland, Green protest:

438. Boom - Marine Harvest earnings up 92% in Q1, about 215 million Euros:

437. Bust - CP Prima, $150million losses, cuts farmers loose:

436. Diseases - fish farms make diseases more virulent than those caught from wild lice on wild salmon: "Mathias Stølen Ugelvik at the University of Bergen, Norway, and colleagues found that Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) infected with salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) derived from two Norwegian fish farms suffered more-severe symptoms than those infected with lice from wild salmon. “Salmon lice from areas with fish farming appear to have evolved toward a higher virulence as compared to salmon lice from other areas,” study coauthor Arne Skorping of Bergen wrote in an email. The team’s findings were published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology this month (April 4)."

435. Boom - Royal Greenleand, record earnings of $48.3 million:

434. Injecting Shrimp with Agar - Vietnam investigates fraudulent practice:

433. Mega Fine - Marine Harvest, 20 million Euros:

432. Debt Refinanced - Nomad, 500 million Euros, acquisition aggression:

431. Workers Fired - Young's, pulls New England processing, Albert Darnell, in Grimsby:

430. Offshore Sewage - Huon prepares move to open ocean fish farm, Australia:

429. Feed Soy Kills Forests - fish feed is destroying Brazil rainforest:

428. Boom - Nigeria, Premiere Aquaculture to boost tilapia production to 20,000mt:

427. Protest - NL, Grieg Seafood, Placentia Bay mega-project:

426. Huge Anchovy Quota - Peru, 2million tonnes expected, reducing stocks and fish feed prices: Here is a second article on the issue, 55.6% rise to 2.8 million mt, in central region:

425. Antibiotics - 60% of resistance in humans comes from animal use, 50,000 people die each year in NA:

424. Antibiotics - needed by humans, approved for fish farms, Cermaq:

423. Antibiotics - use, Marine Harvest, look at Chile:

422. Antibiotics - resistance genes transferred to other bacteria, 2014:

421. Antibiotics - human bacteria consequences:

420. Antibiotic Laced Feed - NL, thousands of kilograms:

419. Antibiotic Resistance Transferred to Human Bacteria - Chile, fish farm workers:

418.  Antibiotics - Tetracyclines, Quinolones - in wild fish, Chile, from fish farms:

417. Disease - identifying HSMI, Europe:

416. Excrement in Fish Feed, Antibiotic Resistance to Human Diseases, 2011:

415. Massive Illegal Fish Importation - Nigeria, Association of Indigenous Seafood Stakeholders, $29.4 million:

414. Antibiotics Overkill - BC, 2014, almost 2000 kms of pills end to end: 

413. Antibiotic Resistance - furunculosis, genes passed to other bacteria that we use antibiotics for human diseases:Antibiotic-resistance-Atlantic-Canada-hatcheries-salmon.pdf · version 1. 
A 2008 paper

412. 'Cesspool' - Fish Farms - NZ, public protest, Marlborough Sound:

411. Chemicals in Fish - Chile, antibiotics in salmon sold in Buenos Aires:

410. Killing Our Oceans With Fish - offshore salmon and sewage farm for Huon, Australia:

409. Disease - white spot disease sparks Easter shrimp slump, Australia - no shrimp on the barbie:

408. Boom/Conflict of Interest - Nigeria, backs $3billion in recapitalization loans from banks:

407. Boom - after last year's Bust of 38.2 million dead salmon, Chile salmon industry stocks hit seven year high:

406. Bust - China, tilapia processors, raw material shortage, sales slump:

405. Huge Lice Costs - Norway, 2016, 78.5 Million Euros, up 32%, Scotland hard hit too:

404. Disease - ISA in NB, CFIA:

403. 20,000 Salmon Escape - Scotland, Bloody Bay:

402. 'Fish Farm is Dirty Man' - Scotland farmed fish dirty:

401. On-land Taking Over - shrimp farming on land:

400. Conflict of Interest - Ecuador government to establish Ecuador Shrimp with shrimp farmers:

399. On-going Death of In-ocean Fish Farms - Norwegian, Broodstock Capital, buys Danish RAS firm Billund Aquakulturservice, :

398.  Ongoing Trainwreck - Young's, stemming, first, from losing Sainsbury contract, ticking time bomb:

397. Open Ocean Destruction - Walton backed project aims at open ocean farming, InnovaSea:

396. China Denounced - giant squid fishing illegal off Peru:

395. Inadequate Reforms - Chile, salmon farmers complain:

394. Salmon Dumping - Chile, officials in row:

393. Salmon Escape - Scotland, 20,000, Scottish Sea Farms:

392. On-land Farm - shrimp,

391. Offshore Sewage - Norway, fish farm, SalMar:

390. Protest - NZ, moving farm sites, impacting residents:

389. Boom - Marine Harvest, Ireland:

388. Boom From Bust - Invermar salmon:

387. Boom - Marine Harvest, Walmart, skin pack salmon sales rocket:

386. Certification? - Peru squid, half of million tonnes, half of world's annual supply, looks for certification? See:

385. Land-Based Fish Farm - good for Tasmania, Huon, bad for rest of industry:

384. Arrests, Guilty Pleas - USA elver trafficking:

383. Fake Awards - industry BAPs for India Shrimp:

382. Bust - Vietnam, pangasius, to EU, down sharply:

381. Bust - Kirwin processor, UK, drop, even before Aldi loss:

380. Workers Threaten Strike - Pescanova, Spain:

379. Stricter Laws - Chile, things are so bad that even the salmon farmers want stricter laws:

378. Consumers Want WILD - USA, salmon:

377. New Disease - Tiliapia Lake Virus (TiLV), Egypt, etc.:

376. Fish Farm Ship Sinks - Gray Aqua, NL:

375. Banned Antibiotics - Minh Phu shrimp refusals in US:

374. Environmental Bust - Magallanes, Patagonis, fish farms want clean water, won't harm environment. Greenpeace protests:

373. Boom - BC, biggest exports four years in a row:

372. Workers Fired - Espersen to close Denmark plant, firing 125 workers, move to Poland:

371. Bust - UK, Grimsby based processor goes into 'administration':

370. Bust - Chile new laws for fish farms:

369. Boom - Biomar, Norway, 280,000 mt of fish feed, more than 60 times its first product amount:

368. BOOM - fish farm LICENCE cost: Updated, April 2, 2017: The evidence suggests that the cost of an in-ocean licence in Norway is even higher than the earlier auction price above:

"No new licenses have been awarded since 2014 [in Norway], when SalMar bid NOK 66 million for a license [$10.56 million Canadian]. Since then, the Seafood Index (OSLSFX) has doubled, suggesting the market value of a license is also higher.” This puts the Grieg Seafood licence subsidy in NL at $116 million - before the $45M offered to set up shop. Crazy.

367. Fake Monitor - NZ, fishing industry monitor business is actually owned by industry's largest lobby, NZ Seafood, Greenpeace determines:

366. Illegal Fishing - Indonesia burns 81 foreign boats:

365. Boom - CP Foods, Thailand, snaps up UK 340m pound neat/seafood supplier:

364. Pacific Seafood Sued - NGOs against oyster plan:

363. Bumble Bee Not Illegal - judge, but out of line:

362. Neoliberalism/Government Conflict - Norway, fish farm business 'friendly' research: Note this is in Norwegian, but the April 4, 2017 post on this site, has the 'Hacking Research' in a better than Google-speak  translation.

361. Boom - unpopular expansion, Scottish Salmon Company:

360. Boom - Turkey, Camli, to double bream and bass in 3 years:

359. Chemicals Harm Worker Children - chlorpyrifos, typically used on land, this chemical is in fish feed: "after concluding that the chemical impaired fetal brain and nervous-system development. Specifically, the children of farm workers exposed to heavy doses of the product appeared to suffer aberrantly high rates of learning, memory, and behavioral problems." See:

358. Boom - Sea Harvest, big time growth:

357. Exploding Lice - huge cost, 1 billion Pounds world wide ($1.67 billion CDN):

356. Lice Treatments Add Cost - Treatment to control lice infestations in Norwegian salmon farms increased from 2013 to 2014 (Jansen et al., 2016) and represented in 2014 an estimated average cost of 2-5 NOK per kg produced salmon, or 9–23% of the total production cost per kg salmon (Iversen et al., 2015). Note that 2 to 5 NOK is about $.32 CDN to $.8. See: The study notes that lice are eliminated in closed containment with water drawn from below 25 metres.

355. Slice Kills Crustaceans - Norway study, may need restrictions. See:

354. Rampant Fraud - mislabelling, Time:

353. DFO Diluting Wild Salmon Policy - BC:

352. Conflict of Interest - more on NL govt and Grieg Seafood, Kenn Oliver at The Telegram:  

351. Boom - Iceland Seafood acquisitive in 2017, strong growth:

350. Conflict of Interest - NL, govt expenditure of $45m into Grieg, Placentia Bay dev is a conflict of interest by a government who has to regulate the industry. I should add that in Norway, the auction cost of the 11 in0ocean licences would be an $88- to $121-million outlay for Grieg, not 11 free licences plus $45 million. They know perfectly well that fish farms are a licence to print money and any government that would charge zero and add $45m, thus conflicting themselves, is an idiot. See:

349. Criminal Punishment- Codfather to give up 13 vessels as part of guilty plea:

348. Bust - NL, Grieg won't get $45 million taxpayer money for massive Placentia Bay. Good News:

347. Bust - investor pulls out of Tassal, Tasmania, sustainability concerns:

346. Disease - Norway, Pancreatic Disease, Marine Harvest:

345. Illegal Fishing - Russia, 300m rubles:

344. Boom - yet another massive RAS shrimp facility in China, $43.6m:

343. Battle Ground - Russia, officials, Mafia, IUU crab:

342. Investor Bust - Australia Ethical investors to sell Tassal shares as fish farms unethical, fish feed problems:

341. Trump Bust - if NAFTA goes down, NS fish/seafood goes down:

340. Frozen Fish Fight - must win battles, Bird's Eye, Findus parent Nomad, Igloo:

339. Bust - Vietnam pangasius in trouble, US import law changes:

338. Boom - GeneSeas, Brazil, tilapia, to expand by acquisition:

337. BC Wild Salmon Policy - Bad News, DFO against wild salmon, listen to show:

336. Boom - Labeyrie, France, looking to buy biggest smoker in US, Acme:

335. Exec Fired - scallop theft, Oceans Fleet, USA:

334. Conflict of Interest - NL residents don't want government to put up $45 m for Grieg Seafood's Placentia Bay development:

333. Boom - On land fish farms viable:

332. Bust - Vietnam, massive shrimp deaths due to weather and pollution: 44 million black tiger and 75m white leg vannamei.

331. Bust? - NZ King Salmon in environmental, money problems:

330. Pac Andes Trainwreck Gets Worse - Golden Target subsidiary files for bankruptcy:

329. Fish Feed Kills Bass - Veath Fish Farms, litigation with Purina fish feed:

328. Dogs Won't Eat Farmed Salmon:

327. Boom - Biomar, Australia, new 110,000 tonne fish feed farm. And this is means more pressure on those 19 out of 20 ruinously fished forage fish? See:

326. Wild Wrasse Killed by Fish Farms - Norway, wild wrasse populations way down. "They found that the goldsinny wrasse was up to 65 per cent more abundant in samples from the non-fishing zones. The corkwing wrasse was 92 per cent more abundant in some samples from the non-fishing zones."See:

325. Boom or Bust - Scotland salmon on Brexit, adapt or die:

324. Boom - Australia, SeaFarms Group, giant shrimp farmed goes ahead, $1.2b, black tiger:

323. Shareholders Pissed - 'Old' Pescanova shareholders say no to capital increase:

322. Boom - Columbia PezCo tilapia sales to US, big expansion:

321. Environment Ruined - Chile, rivers, "40 tonnes of dissolved organic substances end up in the rivers for every 50 tonnes of farmed salmon." "In particular, much higher concentrations of carbohydrates, proteins and their building blocks, and lipids are present downstream of the facilities. The aquacultures therefore provide the low-nutrient rivers with a kind of fertilizer boost." "Nevertheless, rivers should not be misused as natural sewage treatment plants," emphasises Norbert Kamjunke." "The researchers also draw another conclusion from their study. They do not consider it advisable to install any further aquacultures on Chilean rivers. The authorities have already imposed a moratorium on new salmon farms in the country's lakes. Operators are now considering the option of moving the farming of medium-sized salmon from the lakes to the rivers. "In theory that could work," believes Norbert Kamjunke. "But from an ecological perspective, it would not be a good idea."" See:

320. High Antibiotic Levels - Chile, 66% of farmed salmon fillets (77% in summer) have antibiotics that create resistant bacteria in humans after we eat the fish. Don't eat the fish:

319. Boom - CP Foods, Philippines, aims for $2bn growth, $500m more revenue in one year:

318. Lice - Scotland the nation of $480 million on lice chemicals in 2016, Conservationists: must move, Marine Harvest: no way, we are blameless:

317. Disease - Alberta, whirling disease found in Bow River:

316. Human Trafficking - Thai Union trying to stop it:

315. Huge Lice Numbers - NS, fish farmers blame it on climate change, instead of the obvious which is getting out of the water. See:

314. Untransparent Fish Farm - Cooke, CDN, listen to Fred Griffen: He makes the point that if the disease money paid by taxpayers for diseased, dead fish had been spent on closed containment instead, the industry would already be on land and causing no problems.

313. Antibiotics in Salmon - Chile farmed salmon to Argentina:

312. Disease - Antibiotics Leads to Resistant Human E coli:

311. Litigious Industry - Australia, knock on effect in NZ:

310. Disease - resistant bacteria to human diseases, from antibiotics in Chile, oxytetracycline, oxolinic acid, and florfenicol:

309. Disease - Norovirus, oysters, 300 people sick, BC:

308. Disease - SRS, Multiexport et al, $300 in losses, Chile:

307. Disease Piscirickettsiosis, Chile:

306. Globally Inconsistent Fish Farm Laws - the Atlantic Salmon Federation study:

305. Trashing of 'Vast' Forage Fish Stocks - Africa, Somalia to cash in, fish feed plant:

304. Cartel Consolidation - fish farm/seafood industry, USA:

303. Disease - tilapia virus spreads to Egypt:

302. Price Fixing - Bumble Bee, tuna, VP Ken Worsham pleads guilty:

301. Cooke Litany Continues - escaped fish, radio show, NB:

300. Dispute on Fish Farms -Marlborough Harbour, to move or not to move, NZ King Salmon Farms:

299. Sea Lice Infestation - NB, Gray Aqua,500,000fish die. Listen to the broadcast onCBC:

298. Human Trafficking - Thailand, 14 year sentences for 6:

297. No More In-ocean Fish Farms - RAS Org tells NOAA, USA:

296. Tasmania Against Fish Farms:

295. Disease - White Spot disease spreading, Australia:

294. Lice Disaster Narrowly Avoided - Gray Aqua, NB, 2016, receiver documents:

More than 250,000 salmon died from the fast-growing lice infestation before contractors managed to gain the upper hand.An additional 284,000 salmon were were pre-emptively killed to contain the infestation. See CBC:

293. Dead Salmon Dumped on Highway - Scotland:

292. In-Ocean Myths Exploded - on-land Stewart Lamont, news video:

291. Rampant Antibiotic Use - Bethune, research documents: There are several papers linked on this one.

290. Rare Seal Killed at NOAA-Funded fish farm - USA:

289. Court Banishes Fish Farms From Ocean - Sweden. Just read the 90 page judgement on the sewage in this one:

288. Boom - NL, fish farms:

287. Environmental Authority Attacked - fish farm, Petuna, Australia:

286. Bullying - Marine Harvest, Chile, doesn't like regs, complains:

285. Losses Mount - Aquabounty, USA, GMO salmon:

284. Workers Strike - Pescanova, Spain:

283. Disease Harvesting - ISA monitoring, Bakkafrost, Faroes:

282. Off-shore Fish Farm - polluting the open ocean, Norway, Nordlaks:

281. Boom - shrimp mega farm, China, Sino Agro spinoff, on-land:

280. Seal Death at Fish Farm - Rare monk seal, Hawaii, drowned in nets:

279. Failing Grade - Labeling very bad, Canada:

278. Labour Abuses - $60,000 fines, Oregon, Da Yang:

277.Quota Sales Drive Cartel Formation - Russia:

276. Theft - Pacific Seafoods exec steals $310,000 from company, buys guns, luxury vacations:

275. Boom - USA, Marine Harvest, aims for 200,000t growth, 10 times current output by 2021:

274. Workers Fired - Scotland, Young's, Marine Harvest, up to 650: 2016

273. Fish Farms Banned - Philippines, three years:

272. Fish Farm Moratorium - Scotland, NGO:

271. Fish Farms Destroying World Heritage Site - Tasmania, Huon taking government to court:

270. Fish Kill - Bluefin, Norway, $5 million:

269. Accusation - government preference for Tassal - Huon, Tasmania:

268. Boom - China, Pingtan 500,000mt storage, processing plant:

267. Theft Charges - $1 million in lobster:

266. Boom - fish feed to exceed 5 million mt IN 2017:

265. Taxpayers Pay for Fish Farm Group - Scotland:

264. Taxpayers Buy Fish/Shrimp Farm Insurance - not the industry, Indonesia:

263. Court Case - Placentia Bay, NL, Grieg Seafood:

262. Fish Farm Sewage - can be used for biogas or fertilizer, Norway, NOFIMA, new report, they have a model for calculating waste feed:

261. Versinia DNA:

260. Fish Infections Humans Catch: Versinias include the bubonic plague: Versinia pestis.

259. Fin Fish Infections: Versinia, MH infection that killed 2 million smolts.(?)

258. Boom - Iran fish farms, to 200,000mt by 2020, some on-land facilities:

257.  Protests Against Fish Farms, Fish Farms Don't Like the Laws - Iceland:

256. Boom - Iceland can hit 100,000mt, Norway Royal Seafood: The four other players in the industry are Arnalax, which Norway’s SalMar has invested in, and Hradfrystihusid-Gunnvor in the Westfjords, with Laxar Fiskeldi and Fiskeldi Austfjarda, or Ice Fish Farm, in the eastern fjords. Norwegian farmers Midt-Norsk Havbruk and Masoval Fiskeoppdrett have invested in Ice Fish Farm and Laxar, respectively.

255. Insurance Costs Skyrocket - Chilean salmon farms ponder alternatives:

254. 2 Million Fry Die - disease at Marine Harvest hatchery:

253. Pathogen Transmission, Lice - BC, Canada:

252. Lice Loads on Fry, Heavy - BC, Canada:

251. Conflict of Interest. Illegal Political Donations? - BC government, DFO; Stan Proboszcz:

250. SLICE Pollution - Scotland:

249. New Lice Regulations - Norway:

248. Tragedy of Fish Farms - Scotland:

247. Conflict of Interest - Canada, BC, with government:

246. Trainwreck - Gray Aqua, the 2016 story of all the problems. And we paid for them. Just look at all the millions wasted on this boom/bust company:  Here is a bit of what they say: "Far from being an ecologically sustainable industry providing well-paying jobs for rural residents, aquaculture is a government-subsidized trainwreck resplendent with a comfortable and well paid cheerleading government aquaculture bureaucracy.The politicians from the rural ridings are desperate to be able to point at anything positive in their impoverished rural ridings"

245. Fisheries Subsidies - WTO close to solution wording:

244. More Smuggling - Nigeria, many species of frozen fish:

243. Fish Kill/Escape - Cooke Aqua, NS:

242. Boom - BC farmed salmon up 40%:

241. Acquisitive Industry - AMERRA picks up Biomega:

240. Boom - Multiexport Foods, Chile, to up salmon production in Area 12:

239. Boom - profits up in Chile, Aquachiles, after huge algae bloom salmon loss:

238. Smuggling - low quality, pangasius, Vietnam to China:

237. Land Based Fish Farms - 150,000 mt, good news for environment, bad news for in-ocean -

236. Climate Change Industry - offshore mariculture:

235. Massive Forage Fish Use - fishmeal to exceed 5million mt in 2017:

234. Public Infighting - salmon farming, Australia:

233. Sea lice, Bullets in Seal Heads - Lock Duart, Scotland, video:

232. Boom - Australis Seafoods, $29 million Q4 profit in Chile:

231. Boom from Bust - Pescanova, strong US plans, to offset losses:

230. Fish Farms Protest environmental measures, bully government - Norway:

229. Protest - Iceland, fertile fish farm fish, rather than sterile fish:

228. Boom - Los Fiordos, profit surges:

227. Boom - Marine Harvest, from 10,000t to 100,000t pre-pack salmon:

226. Boom - $200 million algae plant for omega 3-s, Royal DSM, Evonik:

225. Boom - Russian salmon company in big expansion:

224. Dead Fish - Cooke Aquaculture, Canada, offers belligerent excuses: It's excuse? “It is unfortunate that we are asked to comment on normal farming activities every time there is a storm event."

223. Massive Fish Kill - Vietnam pays out $146 million to fishermen:

222. Labour Abuse - Taiwan fishing industry:

221. Storm Kills Farmed Salmon - Cooke:

220. Rising Mercury in Tuna - Hawaii:

219. Human Forage Fish Kill - human food made into fish feed, Sea Around Us doc, 20 million tonnes/18mt:

218. Boom - Myanmar, increase shrimp to 100,000tonnes:

217. Diesel Spill - 1500 litres, Cermaq fish farm, BC, first reported at 3000:

216. Protest - Community doesn't want Marlborough Sound NZ King Salmon Farm:

215. Bust - ASF files rejection of Grieg Seafood $250 million NL, Placentia Bay farm complex:

214. Boom - 15000 shrimp farmers trained, Asia:

213. Bust - NOAA budget dropped 17% by Trump:

212. Bust - Norway seafood exports down 19%:

211. Dead Farmed Fish - Cooke, NS:

210. Lice Chemicals kill crustaceans/Conflict of Interest - fish farms/SEPA/Scottish government coverup of report: "
"We have been trying to agree a common media position with all parties in order to minimize the controversy as and when it is noticed by the media," wrote the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation in an email to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in August 2016.

"Your statement concerning the fate of SLICE is pre-emptive, controversial and could undermine commercial confidence in the industry," stated another email from the SSPO to SEPA.  "Should you publish this statement in its current format, I suspect that it will lead to a good deal of media scrutiny which will seek to undermine the industry’s reputation and will probably damage all of our reputations," begged SSPO's Chief Executive Scott Landsburgh."

209. Protests, Ireland - Marine Harvest, Bantry Bay farm:

208. Boom - China, Zoneco Group, Zhanjiang Guolian and Baiyang:

207. Fish Farm Protest - St. John's, NL, Canada:

206. Boom - Tasmania, Tassal, $76.6 million to be raised:

205. Fake Award, BAPs - Chile, Patagonia Seafarm:

204. Diseases, PRV/HSMI - BC, Canada:

203. Diseases, PRV Causes HSMI - BC, Canada:

202. Boom - Thai Union targets $4.3 billion:

201. Boom - New Zealand King Salmon exports 19% up:

200. Job Losses? - Young's picks up Asda, loses Aldi:

199. Boom - Biomar, new facility in China, 60,000 mt of feed:

198. Salmon Escape - Cooke, NS:

197. Disease - BC Canada, PRV/HSMI:

196. Fake Awards - Patagonia Seafood, sad in a place so pristine, gets BAPS:

195. Boom - Scotland, still reeling from BUST due to lice, pollution, plans for growth:

194. Cartel Formation - Spain, South America, Africa:

193. Sewage, Lice - Scotland no longer organic: Only 2200 jobs in 6000 job industry.

192. Corruption - Russia, director implicated: Evgeniy Degtyarenko, agency Rosrybolovstvo’s  private crisis consultant:

191. Feed Bust/Pollution - Ireland, IFFOobjects to feed fish should be fed to humans, and fish farms pollute:

190. Fraud - Lidl, mislabelling fish, Ireland:

189. Feed Bust - Alltech, GM canola Omega-3s issues, maggot feed won't fly:

188. Bust - Ireland, Atlantic Salmon, drop from 20% to 5% in decade since drift net ban:

187. Boom - Marine Harvest to buy Gray Aqua in NB, as well as NL 7 licences:

186. Killing the Lungs of the Planet - offshore farm planned, Gulf of Mexico:

185. Boom - Brasmar, Portugal, processor, acquisitions, expand 33%:

184. Consumers Hate Fish Farms - USA, long time exec to try to change image. Of course this does not involve taking fish farms out of the water, and raising only vegetarians, the reasons consumers hate fish farms: Wake up guys.

183.  Fish Farm Sues Government - Huon, Tasmania, for failure to regulate in very negative environmental conditions. Also, why Tassal got far greater densities:

182. Heavy Fines - NRS, Norway, heavy fines for triploid fish handling:

181. Boom - Marine Harvest, feed plant, 110 million Euros, Scotland: See 179.

180. Bust - USA aquaculture 'failing', according to standard fish farm spin because the laws are too strict, consumer negative perceptions because of activists, lack of capital from government. Sound familiar? See:

179. Boom and Bust - Marine Harvest, Scotland to get new feed plant, despite Marine Harvest rocking Youngs/Grimsby/Sainsbury last year by withdrawing from them and workers being laid off, going with a Poland plant, now Texas and now Scotland. Marine Harvest is no benign company:

178. Fraud - California restaurant fined $120,000 for selling tilapia as higher priced fish:

177. Boom - Yokoreis in Norway:

176. In-Ocean on the Skids - interest in on-land fish farms growing:

175. Sewage Costs Norway - $5 billion, from fish farms: My estimation is that this is far below what the actual cost is. The prof is talking about what ends up under the pens, but not the huge amount that floats off in the plume of infected water.

174. Bankruptcy - Krill firm, Noway, Emerald Fisheries:

173. Boom - De Heus, Egypt, one of the largest fish feed facilities in world, 150,000mt:

172. Fish Feed Trashes Ocean Fish - DNA shows 8 species in feed, scientists say it is urgent that reduction fisheries stop:

171. Investigative Journalists - Document the Jack Mackerel Crash off Chile/Pacific Ocean:

170. Fish Farms Investigated - Australia, public doesn't like them:

169. 90% of fish for fish feed could be eaten by humans:

168. Omega 3s Down 50% - See:

167. Sea Lice Crisis - Scotland:

166. Chemicals - 20 million litres of hydrogen peroxide, Scotland, it stuns lice till they fall off, doesn't kill them, but affects fish gills:

165. Low Employment in Fish Farms - Scotland, only 6 people needed per farm, versus 24 at start:

164. Vertical Consolidation - Aquachile, producer, $15 million:

163. Fake Award - BAP for Islandsbleikja:

162. Boom - black fly maggot feed, Enterra, Canada, approval:

161. Boom - Norway Royal Salmon, 27% increase in production, 2017:

160. Boom - profits up 70%, Maruha Nichiro:

159. Bust - Plague Emergency, Chile:

158. Bust - Bloom Study Slams Industry over feed:

157. Marine Harvest Delists from New York Stock Exchange - trading volume only 3% of trades, couldn't make business:

156. Bust - Vietnam, processors:

155. Protests Against Fish Farm Expansion - Scotland, Kames Fish Farming fish farm in Sound of Jura:

154. Bust - Ocean Oxygen down, climate warming:

153. BUST - major new report slams reduction fisheries for fish meal, for fish farms, pigs, mink, etc.:

152. Boom - indoor shrimp facility, Minnesota, $48 million:

151. BOOM - Marine Harvest doubles profit, $741 million, new plant, farms in Canada:

150. Bust - world forage fish for fish farms:

"Throughout this report and a scientific study conducted simultaneously (Cashion et al., 2017), BLOOM and coauthors show that reduction fisheries are the result of the massive overexploitation of traditional fish stocks, and that they are now contributing to the sequential depletion of the very first links of the food chain, despite their crucial importance for marine ecosystems."

149. Bust - report, The Dark Side of Aquaculture' on fish stocks:

148. Bust - Peru, Exalmar, feed sales sharply down because fish catch down:

147. Bust - Vietnam shrimp down 'massively', pleads with Australia to lift ban, white spot disease:

146. Boom - Norway Royal Seafood, salmon production up 27%:

145. Boom - Processor Great American Seafood, acquisition ready with $300 million:

144.Bust - Pac Andes debacle, British Virgin Island decision moves bankruptcy action forward:

143. Bust - Norway, processor consolidation from firms going bust, more automation, not workers:

142. Bust - Chile, salmon in algal bloom down 17%:

141. Plague Emergency - Chile, fish farms:

140. Chemicals in Fish Farms - hydrogen peroxide, 160 farms, Scotland:

139. NOAA Wastes $100M on Fish Farms, all flops - USA:

138. Offshore Fish Farms Nixed, and Nixed Again - USA, good references in this, page 8:

137. Fish Farm Kill Wild Salmon/Mix Genes - with wild salmon, Canada:

136. Global Seabirds Down 70% - in part to global overfishing:

135.Global Fisheries 50% Higher than reported - Daniel Pauly, UBC, Canada:

134. Bust - Philippines, tilapia loss reaches $2.5 M, state of emergency:

133. Bust - Tasmania industry in trouble, exec:

132. On-land Fish Farm - Norway, $48 million, Tomren Fish, Trohaug, Tomrefjord:

131. Bust - Chile, dead fish reach 170,000, same algal bloom as 2016:

130. Boom - Chile, trout up 44%, to $541 million:

129. Boom, Boom Boom - Cooke from 5,000-fish to 275,000t of seafood, to $1.5 billion global player in 30 years:

128. High Egg Mortalities - Maine:

127. GMO Salmon - Norway, considered by Biotechnology Council:

126. Execs Jump Ships - Bob Hannon left Nomad Foods, with one buying team, to, Iglo, Findus parent,Nomad:

125. Toxic Algae, Again - Chile, Australis, Nova Austra, mortalities, halt salmon shipments:

124. Cooke Aquaculture - disease, lice, illegal chemicals, etc., another litany of complaint:

123. Bust - Philippines, tilapia, 'massive' 1400 mt kill due to low oxygen:

122. Boom - shrimp, India, record 1.33 billion pounds to USA in 2016:

121. Oligopoly - To Control Global Supply, shrimp Guolian acquisitions:

120. Sea Lice - Norway, research org to fund sea lice research:

119. 'Utterly Unsustainable' Fish Farm - Environmentalists, Scotland:

118. Bust: - toxic algae again, Chile, 149,000 smolts killed:

117. Wild Salmon Threatened - Canada, DFO receives evidence:

116. Bust - bankruptcy, Atlantis, Cali Shrimp, trading under the name SeaCatch Seafoods :

115. Boom - Santa Monica aims at $1billion turnover:

114. Sernapesca Investigates Massive Salmon Mortalities - Chile, toxic algae:

113. Bust - Pac Andes bankruptcy train wreck continues, $1.5 B assets, HSBC:

112. Bust - Tasmania, Tassal told to destock MacQuarie fish farm:

111. Patagonia Saved from Fish Farms? - Greenpeace, Rainbow Warrior sets sail against fish farms in Patagonia:

110. Bust - Icelandic strike, 1600 jobs lost, Grimsby in UK to fire more:

109. Boom - Portobello, surimi producer, Spain, to double revenue, Angulas Aguinaga:

108. Bloomberg on Trashy Fish Farms. 'Fish Farms No One Wants':

106. NOAA Wastes $100 Million on Fish Farms, PDF:

105. NOAA Wants Fish Farms nobody wants - :

104. Boom - Vietnam, shrimp, increase exports 300%, to $10 billion:

103. Boom - Chile, salmon, trout exports up 44% to $541m:

102. Boom - Taylor Shelfish, eyes $100m revenue, geoduck, oysters:

101. Global Stats Bad - Althelia Sustainable Ocean Fund, USAID:
"Collectively, the global ocean covers 70% of our planet, with more than 350 million jobs linked to the ocean through fishing, aquaculture, coastal and marine tourism. Ninety percent of the people who derive their livelihoods from fishing live in developing countries.
However, over-fishing, largely due to poor management is exhausting this critical common global resource, with 90% of the world’s ocean fisheries categorized as over exploited or fully exploited. Cumulative losses from fisheries mismanagement are estimated to be more than US$2.2 trillion over the last thirty years. Further as a result of expanding coastal population centers, destructive fishing and climate change, the ocean has also seen a decline of habitats with 35% of global mangrove, 30% of sea grass beds and 50% of coral reefs destroyed.
Conservation International as well as the Environmental Defense Fund are engaged as strategic partners for the Sustainable Ocean Fund. This collaboration with leading environmental organizations will ensure the fund is poised to direct investments into projects that uphold the highest environmental standards and allow for effective collaboration with stakeholders, including local communities and governments."

100. Disease - PD, Cermaq exec:

99. No Wild Salmon Return - Ireland:

98. Bust - nine seafood companies lose more than $1 billion, with Trump:

97. Consumers Misled - Ireland, German processor:

96. Bust - Young's Q1, due to on-going Sainsbury problem:

95. Boom - NZ salmon to increase to 8000t:

94. Workers Fired - 100, despite record profits, Nordlaks, Norway:

93. Sea Lice Prices - New Zealand, salmon:

92. Execs Jump Ships - Marine Harvest, Cermaq:

91. Execs Jump Ship - Cooke, Icicle:

90. Execs Jump Ships - Young's, Joe Munday:

89. Ban Fish - Spain, in schools, pangasuis, tilapia:

88. Disease - new bacteria, New Hampshire:

87. Execs Jump Ships - Dawnfresh, Young's, Greencore:

86. Fish Feed Problems - Chile cuts Spanish sardine, anchovy catch for human artisanal catching:

85. Execs Jump Ships - Bob Hannon leaves Nomad:

84. Fish Feed Problems - alternatives needed:

83. Disease - Australia, sixth farm has white spot disease, shrimp:

82. Litigious Industry - Deutsche See sues Volkswagen:

81. Disease - four strains of EMS on South America shrimp:

80. GMO Salmon - Norway may produce GM, sexless salmon:

79. Litigious Industry - Huon, takes Tasmanian government to court over environmental problems:

78. East Pacific Tuna Troubles - too many boats, too little management:

77. Fish Feed Up 12% - not good for global forage fish, in a year when salmon supply dropped 8.7%:

76. Global Fish Supply Down - 8.7% - Lice eat salmon/algal bloom kills:

75. Fish Farms Destroy Atlantic Salmon, Atlantic Canada, link has papers:

74. Boom, Bust, Ugly - Bay of Bengal Fisheries Destroyed for Fish Feed: "Today the collateral damage of the trawling industry is processed and sold to the fast-growing poultry and aquaculture industries of the region6. In effect, the processes that sustain the Bay of Bengal’s fisheries are being destroyed in order to produce dirt-cheap chicken feed and fish feed."

73. MSC Certs in Trouble - Bycatch, Even Krill - 50 NGOs criticize MSC certifications - the best ones - for fisheries/fish farms: For example, fishing for the lowest of the low: The Antarctic krill fisheries: "The NGOs claim that no annual or updated stock assessment exists for Antarctic krill, and that concerns about data deficiency and ecosystem changes due to the effects of climate change were ignored through the successful certification applications of Aker Biomarine and Rimfrost in 2009 and 2015, respectively."

72. Conflict of Interest - DFO and fish farms, Dr, Kristi Miller, geneticist:

71.Human Trafficking Prosecutions - Thailand: 317 persons prosecuted, 268 found guilty.

70. Boom - Mexico, 'unrivaled opportunity' for fish farms, $70million:

69. Sea Lice Infestation - killing salmon supply, NZ:

68. Bankruptcy - Dickie Poh assets acquired,

67. More Oligopolies - CEO of Blue Harvest:

66. Labour Abuses, Traceability - Fishwise papers:

65. Protest Blast - NZ, Greens blast Marlborough Sound farms:

64. Jail Sentence, Fine - Cameron, exec with Bumble Bee on price fixing:

63. Boom - aggressive expansion, oligopoly tendency, SalMar owner, Insula, majority stake in Amanda Seafood:

62. Unfair Subsidy - China, 5 billion Euros into fishing fleet, four other companies:

61. Illegal Shrimp Farms - India:

60. Boom - industry could grow 78% by 2020, Ireland:

59. Disease - Norway, PD, salmon:

58. High Pollution in Fish Stops Retail Sales - pangasius, Italy:

57. Bankruptcy News - Pescanova, Portuguese Court, largest turbot farm:

56. Workers Petition Thai Firm - pay, work conditions, 2,000 Burmese migrants:

55. Lowest Catch in 3 Decades - Japan, salmon:

54. Health and Safety Violations - Iceland, FDA sent to Fish:

53.Workers Fired - Norway, Nordlaks, 100 workers, despite record profits:

52. No Habitat Enforcement - DFO, BC, budget cuts, virtually no enforcement since 2012:

51. Boom - Peru, looking to be big aquaculture player, $40m World Bank Loan:

50. Boom - Peru, fishery landings 40% over Dec 2015:

49. Boom - Peru's second anchovy season brings in $1billion in revenue:

48. Consumers Won't Buy Farmed Fish - want wild salmon:

47. Workers Petition Unicord - 2000 workers, Myanmar, working conditions:

46. Boom - Tongwei, China feed mfg to increase feed 10% per year for five years:

45. Bust - Youngs, UK, 98million Pounds, Sainsbury salmon loss - this is an ongoing train wreck:

44. Fined Fish Farm, Cooke - wants to start a farm in Juan de Fuca Strait. But there is a litany of complaint against this company, illegal chemical use, taking $25 million for a plant they never built and not given the money back to the government, etc.: This is the news link:

43. Disease - ISA, Chile, Los Fiordos farm:

42. Boom - Portobello Capital triples revenue in 10 years, Spain:

41. Worker Dies - 'gruesome oven death' - Bumble Bee pleads guilty:

40. Pollution - NZ, polluting King Salmon farms to be moved to low pollution sites, rather than be taken out of the ocean: Public, environmentalists not happy.

39. Increased Lice, Increased Price - ASF see:

38. Disease - ISA, Bakkafrost, A-73 fish farm:

37. Disease - ISA, Central Norwegian Aquaculture:

36. Anchovetta Ravaged - Peru, 1.7million metric tonnes landed for fish meal:

35. Problems with MSC Accreditation: 50 ENGOs point out problems:

34. Boom - CDN, Cooke goes after yet another expansion company, Atlantic Aqua Farms:

33.Boom - Norebo, Russia, integrated processor:

32. Farmed Salmon Output Down until 2019 - Andy Wink, analyst:

31. Huge Seafood Companies Expand - China, Shandong Oriental and Tongwei Group, raise huge funds, to expand into other sectors:

30 Offshore Pillaging, Horse Mackerel - 200 miles, Peru, harvest up 35% to 10,000mt:

29. Off Shore Farms, Off Shore Pollution - NZ:

28. Forage Fish Dependency Ratio - a problem for ASC certification:

27. Record Profits - Eu Fleet, 770 million Euros:

26. Trump Screws Alaska Fishery - revokes TPP:

25.Chinook Invasion - Chile, chinook ranching has led to invasion:

24. Disease - ISA, Bakkafrost:

23. Conflict of Interest - fisheries minister resigns, Chile, Raul Sunico Galdames:

22. Petition Against Fish Farms - Tasmania:

21. Wild Stocks Collapse - USA, Pacific coast, nine species:

20. Collapse - PEI herring:

19. Boom - $100 million, fish farms, processing, fish meal, Chinese in Cambodia:

18. Cheating, Fraud - Vietnam, Egypt exporter, Al-Reda Group for Trading and Development, pangasius worth $58,881from Vinh Hoan Company, did not pay:

17. Bust - Iceland, Polar Seafood boat - drugs, missing girl, police:

16. Boom - Tasmania, Ridley, new $37.7 million feed plant:

15. Bust - fish meal sales lowest on record:

14. Subsidy - Market Distortion: $12.2 million subsidy for CNFC Overseas Fisheries follows, CNY 135m subsidy for Shanghai Kaichuang; Greenpeace slams both:

13. Boom - Bumble Bee enters shrimp, fish farm field:

12. Petition Against In-ocean Fish Farms - Petition e-463, Canada, not that BC signees are ten times the next province:

11. Disease - EHP, Thailand, shrimp:

10. Fisheries Need Reform - China, Stanford study:

9. Boom - Vinh Hoan, Vietnam pangasius, profit up 70%, $22.4 Million:

8. Disease - EHP flattens growth,Thailand, shrimp:

7. Collusion, Scam, No Payment - Echopack, Que, New Zealand, General Equity bank collude, take shipments from Vietnam, Vasep, refuse to pay:

6. 175 Workers Laid Off - Mazzetta, processor:

5. Bust - Salmon, world supply down, due to Chile algal bloom and Norway/Scotland lice problems: 'This meant that global 2016 supplies fell 8.7 per cent to a three-year low of 2.1 million tonnes, said Nordea.'

4. Toxic Algal Blooms - Domoic acid, predicting blooms:

3. Methylmercury Contamination - China refuses Peruvian squid:

2. Boom and Bust - Chinese terminal could ruin Uruguay squid fishery:

1. Unconstitutional Industry - Fish Farms, Norway:

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