Friday, 5 May 2017

BAD NEWS BITES: Salmon/Seafood Industry, Fifth Post, Updated June 24, 2017

I receive more than 25 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 fifth 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 April 30/17, you can add another 500 BAD NEWS BITES, from this post, or more than 1,600 BAD NEWS stories since July 1/15, less than two years.

This is the link to the fourth post, Jan 14, 2017, it has 500 BAD NEWS BITES in it: it has links to the previous three posts since July 2015.

Here is a summary of the bad news stories:

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

Update 2017: of some humour, the share price went up, so I guess John made the wrong bet. Here's a thought: John, raise fish on land, thus increasing supply, thus reducing cost, then MH shares go down, and you buy them back!

Here are the BAD NEWS BITES, starting May 5, 2017:


182. Sea Lice Outbreak - BC:

181. Global Disease Crisis - review paper:

180. Lice Kill, Infect Wild Salmon Fry - BC, study:

179. Mangrove Swamps Destroyed - aquaculture caused, study:

178. Boom - Scotland, seafood exports climb 30.8%, high salmon prices:

177. Boom - Alsaker Fjordbruk, Nroway, profits up 1000% in four years:

176. Offshore  Pollution - Chile, fish farms:

175. Drugs in Frozen Fish - China, 1.1 metric tonnes:

174. Environmental Damage Investigated - Scotland, government:

173. HADD Provision in The Fisheries Act - DFO against HADD, etc. See Fin Donelly's dissenting opinion:

172. Disease - ISA, Norway, Grieg Seafood, second fish farm:

171. Disease - ISA, Norway, Grieg Seafood:

170. Disease - Tilapia Lake Virus, 7 farms Taiwan:

169. Illegal Fishing - in Namibia, Spanish fleet:

168. Cartel Nature of Industry - Thai Union to buy Camil Alimentos, Brazil

167. Diseased Fish Put In Ocean Farms - BC, PRV, DFO not testing fish:

166. Atlantic Sapphire to Takeover USA Salmon Market - Hasta La Vista In-ocean, Chile, Norway, CDN:

165. Illegal Trafficking, Guilty Plea - Maine, elver:

164. Protest Against Tassal - Tasmania:

163. IFFO Rejects Alternate Omega-3s:

162. Red Snapper Fraud - USA:

161. In-Ocean Fish Farms Are Toast - an update on Atlantic Sapphire, aiming at 150,000 tons on land in Florida. Hasta La Vista, Canada, Chile and Norway. Look through the stellar lineup of staff:

160. Tasmanians Against Tassal and Government - Please donate to save Okehampton Bay:

159. Lice Kill/Weaken Wild Salmon - Norway:

158. More Land-Based Fish Farms - Intrafish:

157. Environmental/Social Issues with Fish Farms - NL, a very long list of problems:

156. Fishing Laws 'Failing Miserably' - NZ

155. DFO Against Freshwater Salmon Enhancement:

154. On-Land Fish Farm - Floro Norway, 'world's largest', 20,000 mt (not larger than Atlantic Sapphire in Florida, 90,000mt):

153. Sea Lice Infect Wild BC Salmon - CBC:

152. Conflict of Interest - Scotland, government won't ban SLICE, emamectin, for killing lice, and the rest of the crustacean environment:

151. Illegal Aquaculture Killing Agricultural Land - Andhra Pradesh:

150. Salmon Out Of Control - Tasmania, Huon:

149. On-Land Shrimp - USA, Ralco, Minnesota:

148. Offshore Pollution - Chile, salmon farms:

147. On Land Fish Farms the Future - Norway, Grieg, AKVA ink deal:

146. Greens Against Government/Fish Farms - Australia:

145. Fish Farm Protest - Tasmania, Tassal protested:

144. On Land Fish Farms the Future - In Ocean Toast - Aquabounty, Atlantic Sapphire:

143. Salmon Farm Criticism - Norway:

142. Killing Our Oceans With Fish - Chile to mount off-shore, open oceans with fish farms, moving pollution into the worlds oceans:

141. Disease - tilapia lake disease reaches Taiwan:

140. Litigious Industry - BC, Marine Harvest sues Alex Morton for using a teaspoon to scoop bird feces off a float. They allege she was damaging their anchoring system. Take a look: This is a vexatious suit, after they dropped charges against the aboriginals (who asked AM along in their own territory) for trespassing last summer by boarding a fish farm in their own territory for a cleansing ceremony.

139. More Patagonia Pollution - MultiExport, $50M, Chile:

138. Litigious Industry - Tasmania, Huon goes after Tassal:

137. Boom - tilapia, Vietnam:

136. Litigious Industry - Ireland, High Court quashes licence revoking:

135. Boom - tilapia, India:

134. More Algal Blooms - Chile, climate change:

133. Patagonia to be Polluted - Chile, Blumar, $150M, 21,000mt:

132. New Regs Threaten Fish Farms - NZ, sadly, NZ has 750 farms, BC has 85 because citizens against fish farms:

131. Time Against Fish Farms - also use of astaxanthine dye:

130. Government to Kill In-ocean Fish Farms - BC: NDP/Greens: She said a transition to closed containment will eventually mean the closure of the open-sea farms. “A leads to B,” said Trevena. “But we haven’t got a timeline for it.” Trevena also said the NDP would offer incentives for companies to move inland.

129. Dead Workers - Ghana, Thai Union, plant:

128. Boom - new salmon farms in Magallanes, Chile, Multiexport, $50m:

127. Boom - on-land, GMO salmon salmon, Aquabounty, USA:

126. Disease - Louisiana, white spot, crawfish:

125. Tilapia Recall - Giant Eagle, milk allergen:

124. Disease - ISA, Canada, while the CFIA says it is a strain not known to cause disease, in fish farms, ISA mutates to become infectious and kills huge numbers of farmed fish, and passing the disease to wild fish:

123. Fish Farms Kill Wild Wrasse - using wild wrasse to eat lice is endangering wild stocks:

122. Fish Farms Kill Wild Salmon - Scotland, alarming decline in wild salmon:

121. Disease - Is lake tilapia virus the new ISA?:

120. Disease - ISA, Grieg Seafood, Norway:

119. Price Fixing - Starkist SVP:

118. On-land Trout Farm - Russia:

117. Atlantic Sapphire - USA, on-land fish farms begins building, Florida,  "Norwegian salmon farming entrepreneur Johan Andreassen has brought in a former Marine Harvest and Villa Organic executive as chief operating officer (COO)":

116. Harrassment, Threats - Norway researchers abused by fish farms, for negative science:

115. Boom - INdia, shrimp to USA up 43%:

114. Marine Harvest Trespassing - BC, lawyer, Greg McDade points out that dropping their trespassing case against aboriginals (but not Alex Morton) is tacit approval that aboriginals can board their sites. Video:

113. Move Polluting Farms? No. - NZ, citizens say no, from low-flow to high-flow. Flow is about dispersing sewage:

112. Government/Industry Collusion - Scotland, drug company, emamectin benzoate, aka, SLICE, bad for environment. Industry plants on study review panel:

111. More Grieg Sell Off of Itself - 2016:

110. Bigtime Industry Speculation -  25% of Grieg, 28.8 million Grieg shares, bought in 2013, and sold in 2016, by Marine Harvest, making a half billion dollars:

109. Workers Fired - Cermaq, Chile, 259 workers:

108. ASCs Not Worth Anything - SeaChoice Against Seafood Watch:

107. Price Fixing - Starkist VP:

106. ASCs Worth Something? - Monterey Bay, Seafood Watch:

105. More Pac Andes Trainwreck - bankruptcy:

104. ASCs Not Worth Anything? - China, tilapia companies:

103. Litigious Industry - Pacific Seafood, this one is quite a knot of problems:

102. Litigation - Marine Harvest cuts and runs, afraid of First Nations. Stops trespassing case against aboriginals in their own territory. Watch the video:

101. Citizens Against Fish Farms - USA, Washington:

100. Fish Farms Banned - USA, California, Oregon and Alaska forbid fish farms in their waters. Now, Washington is petitioning their government to do the same. Sign the petition:

99. Litigious Industry - Marine Harvest sues aboriginals and Alex Morton for 'trespassing':

98. Acquisitive Industry - Cooke, new farm in Scotland:

97. Disease - more ISA in NB:

96. Ocean Acidification - California:

95. Pesticide Use in Atlantic CDN - Bryden:

94. Acquisitive Industry - Biomar buys 70% of Ecuador fish feed firm for $120 million, Alimentsa:

93. Another Algal Bloom - yet again in Chile, in 2017, like 2016:

92. Too High Salmon Cap - Tasmania, EPA, angers environmentalists:

91. Fake Leadership Trophy - Thia Union claims, Greenpeace denies:

90. Litigation - Marine Harvest Backs Down - sues BC aboriginals for trespassing, but stops the case before going to court. A very significant happening in this litigation crazy industry. You can't beat the Tsilhqot-in decision:

89. Disease - White spot Syndrome, USA, shrimp:

88. On-Land Fish Farm Success - Pareto:

87. Labour Abuse Litigation - Thailand, Andy Hall:

86.  Tasmania - Govt EPA, FED and pollution in MacQuarie Harbour:

85. Cleaner Fish Rocket 25% - two problems, declining wild populations, possible escapes of commercially made fish:

84. Tuna Scandal - execs fraudulent, cover up:

83. Disease - ISA, Norway:

82. Disease - tilapia being killed by disease across three continents:

81. Zero Lice, Zero Escapes? - Marine Harvest:

80. Lice - 11 times over maximum - Loch Duart, Scotland:

79. More Pac Andes Trainweck - Ng family given six months to get Pac Andes under control or its bankruptcy:

78. DFO Intransigence - habitat staff fired in BC, 2013-14, including the office that looked over fish farms, Port Hardy:

77. 'Catastrophic Salmon Disaster' - Oregon, California, governor's agree:

76. Disease - new tilapia virus outbreak, capable of killing freshwater fishes:

75. Rape of the Sea - Chinese squid fishing in Argentina up 270%, in Peru up 515%, 2007 - 2015, CNFC Overseas Fisheries, leading to 'dilution of resources' and 'pressure on businesses'. Really?

74. Bait and Switch - Aquabounty, typical with fish farms. Say they will do one small thing, then try to enlarge the project, usually endlessly: "On paper, their plans went from a small conventional Atlantic salmon hatchery to a large-scale, GMO salmon egg to grow-out facility, literally in one day.

AquaBounty applied for an Environmental Impact Assessment on April 12/17; on the same day an amended statement (EIS) was released. The document outlines they consulted these new plans with two provincial and three federal government departments in one single day. This is one example of the countless irregularities in the 89 pg. EIS."

73. Boom - Norway seafood exports to China, sees increase to $1.5 billion by 2025:

72. Patagonia to be Trashed - Chile, Nova Astral to build hatchery immediately:

71. Budget Cuts Kill Aquaculture - Trump cuts to NOAA et al, takes chunk out:

70. Cancer Chemicals - Round Up Causes Cancer - Monsanto suppressed research:

69. Sewage, Money Problems - AquaBounty, Rollo Bay, PEI, plant has serious issues, including public funds, environmental problems in Panama, etc.:

68. Illegal Fisheries - EU warns Liberia:

67. Harmful Subsidies - WTO works against fishing subsidies:

66. Anti Trust Lawsuit - Pacific Seafood, and Trident sued:

65. Boom - shrimp, Argentina, $1billion to China et al:

64. Dumping - India in USA, shrimp, $4.7 billion industry, next chance to challenge, 5 years:

63. Sewage Damage - Tasmania, Tassal: Huon says: “Playing Russian roulette like the EPA director is doing now ... is just breathtaking in its stupidity," And: "HUON Aquaculture says the Environment Protection Authority is playing Russian roulette with Macquarie Harbour over its draft decision to allow farming of up to 18,000 tonnes of salmon."

62. Disease - ISA, Bakkafrost, Foroes:

61. Lice - 20% of farmed salmon die from lice:

60. Litany of Complaint - Tassal, Tasmania, WWF receives up to $500,000 per year to license its logo for ASC certification. See the litany of links at the bottom:

59. Boom - Young's rises from its own ashes, after Sainsbury debacle caused by Marine Harvest:

58. Fraud, Theft - CDN lobster industry:

57. Fraud - Pac Andes, 2013 buying of Copeinca:

56. Offshore Sewage - Norway:

55. Boom - Oman, $2B new developments:

54. Disease - ISA, Norway:

53. Tuna Price Fixing/Slime - podcast:

52. Triple Fish? - Norway:

51. Fish Escape - NZ, 6,000 fish:

50. No More In-ocean Fish Farms - Norway, only on-land fish farms from now on: More about on-land fish farms:

49. Tassal Violates ASCs - Tasmania, 19 requirements not met, in a certification scheme that is weakened by not requiring on-land, closed:

48. Lice Kill Wild Salmon - PDF of the Ireland study over 30 years:

47. Boom - India, tilapia sector to grow:

46. Boom - hasta lavista in-ocean fish farms - Mitsui to establish on-land fish farms in Japan with the object of on-land all across Asia:

45. Boom - Leroy doing $150 million investment in plants/smolt plant in Netherlands, Norway:

44. More Pac Andes Trainweck - losses across the board:

43. Fish Farm Threatens Norwegian Government - Nordlaks, threatens to push production to China, Australia, Iceland:

42. Triple Salmon Production!! - Norway, Kvera Analyst:

41. Lice $$- Leroy, to step up $$ fight against sea lice:

40. Labour Abuse - Thailand:

39. "Extinction Vortex" - fish farm lice, Ireland, study, killing 50% of salmon and sea trout:

38. In-ocean Fish Farms Dinosaurs - Huffington Post article by Dan Lewis. They went to Norway where everyone told them to take fish farms out of the water:

37. Boom - India, shrimp production exceeds 500,000 mt two years in a row:

36.  Acquisitive Industry - High Liner, CDN, Rubicon deal, $104 million:

35.  Boom - Camanchaca, Chile, quadruples revenue:

34. Huge Conspiracy - Thai Union and 53 others - Walmart tuna suit: See item 31.

33. Boom - Record high revenues, Scottish Salmon Company: CEO, Craig Anderson: "We remain firmly focused on our long term growth strategy and new site development is an integral part of this strategy. The development of the site at Portree demonstrates this and complements our existing Hebridean operations." Does this sound familiar? When fish farms aren't in a catastrophe, they grow at huge rates.

32. Huge Vaccine Numbers - 338 million, Norway:

31. Thai Union the Best??? - You will recall that Thai Union has had problems with slavery, and other big issues. If it is up for awards, the rest of the Asian companies must be really bad: "In a poll of 180 portfolio managers and buy-side analysts around the world, Thai Union was ranked first in: best managed companies in Thailand; best CEO in Thailand; best CFO in Thailand; most committed to corporate governance in Thailand; best at corporate social responsibility in Thailand; best at investor relations in Thailand."

30. New Regs Cost Fish Farms - Chile, so says Marine Harvest, ignoring that new regs are needed in Chile because of the vast destruction of their ocean waters by fish farms:

29.  Boom from Bust - Pescanova inks deal with Walmart after years of financial turmoil:

28. Patagonia Destroyed - Austral Nova crows about antibiotics free salmon, while destroying one of the most pristine areas in the world, and south of there:

27. Lice Kill Wild Salmon - a definitive review of 300 articles on fish farm lice killing wild salmon, 2014: "The Chairman and Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) have today (18.09.14) welcomed a definitive review of over 300 scientific publications, which has just been published, on the effects sea lice can have on sea trout stocks. A team of top international scientists from Norway, Scotland and Ireland reviewed all available published studies on the effects of sea lice and have now concluded that sea lice have negatively impacted wild sea trout stocks in salmon farming areas in Ireland, Scotland and Norway."

26. Killing Wild Salmon - Fish Farm Lice - Ireland, 26 year study, 50% down: "26 years of data from factory farms in Killary Harbour on the Galway/Mayo border." This is the same as has been shown in Scotland over more than two decades. And in BC/Norway wild salmon have declined 50% in the presence of fish farms. And read this from Fisheries Ireland:
And read this abstract:
This is the abstract of the scientific article from Ireland: And this article:

25. Disease - Fish Farm Video - BC, Alex Morton: Problem with herring, salmon fry, from fish farms. Salmon look like they have PRV, as in HSMI.

24. Boom  - Australis sales triple on last year's salmon dearth (lice in Scotland and Norway, plus algal bloom in Chile reducing world supply by 8.7%):

23. Bandits Steal Salmon - yes, for real, Chile to Miami:

22. Boom - Ecuador shrimp firm, Songa to increase production 100%:

21. Manipulating Salmon Output - Chile, Marine Harvest:

20. Fraud, Jail Sentence - Terry Cosgrove:

19. Massive Disease Outbreak - shrimp, Bangladesh:

18. Tax on Lice and Escapes - Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise:

17. Boom - Australis Group, earnings leap:

16. Boom - Calvo Group, Spain, aims for 40% growth in tuna:

15. On-Land GMO Salmon - Aquabounty, PEI, CDN, also looking to build US on land facility, bad news for in-ocean fish farms:

14. More Price Fixing - Bumble Bee et al:

13. Boom - Vietnam aims for $13b seafood exports by 2020, may reach $35 billion:

12. Whale Kill - tangled in pot lines:

11. Guilty - $25 Million Fine - Bumble Bee and co-conspirators, cartel price fixing:

10. Acquisitive Industry - Chinese mega company:

9. Corruption - Namibia, fisheries minister, fraudulent quota allocation, horse mackerel:

8. Boom - salmon processor, smoker, new plant, Rode Vis, Netherlands:

7. Illegal Fishing - West Africa loses $2billion in fish each year:

6. On-Land Fish Farm Seminar - bad for in-ocean fish farms, good for the world, Intrafish:

5. Global Fishing Killing Fish Stocks - Canada, Daniel Pauly, data 50% low: "The world’s oceans are rapidly warming and acidifying due to climate change. Global overfishing and massive under reporting of catches are putting world fish populations in peril. How close are the planet’s fisheries to collapse?"

4. Over Fishing Killing Fish Stocks - Canada, one third of global catch is unreported, The Sea Around Us project, new document:

3. By-Catch 50% - Canada, discards can lead to extinctions:

2. Using Oceans as a Free, Open Sewer - USA, offshore aquaculture plans:

1.  Humans Go Hungry - China scooping world fish stocks, threatening Africa and third world humans needing food:

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