Thursday, 9 August 2018

BAD NEWS BITES - Aug 16, 2018

I receive 30 global press fish farm/seafood industry 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 tenth post. In little more than two years, I have found 3,500 BAD NEWS BITES. Some days I am stunned by the amount of bad news in the fish farm/seafood industry.  Find the fifth BAD NEWS BITES post here: And that reaches 2,000.

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. You can find earlier ones at these links.

This is the link to the ninth post, March 29, 2018:

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 fungFicide in USA seafood, fake industry awards, all the wild salmon in the Pacific ocean, more than a billion, put in peril... it goes on."

Update, Dec 11, 2017: I have found 500 BAD NEWS BITES in less than 3.5 months. That means well over 1000 in a year. That is how much bad news there is in fish farms/seafood industry. This post, the sixth, may be found here:

Update, Mar 29, 2018: You will find the previous posts on these dates: 23/1/2018, 11/12/17, 29/8/17. 5/5/17, 14/1/17, 1/7/16, 6/5/16,  1/7/15, and a total of nearly 3,500 BAD NEWS BITES.  

Update Aug 9, 2018: I have found 500 BAD NEWS BITES since Mar 29, 2018. The total now stands at 3,500 in three years.

And now, the BAD NEWS BITES leading from this most recent post:


65. Tilapia Producers Want Imports Banned - Nigeria, Africa:

64. US Agencies Try to Avoid Fish Farm Consultations - Judge says NO, Wild Fish Conservancy, her decision is here:

63. Possible Jail Sentences - Spain, four people, tuna for canning diverted to fresh:

62. Disease - New Pangasius Vaccine Holds Hope:

61. Scotland Publishes Mortalities for First Time - Scotland:

60.  Ongoing Lawsuit - Bumble Bee, Lischewsky used firm as private bank:

59. New Rule to Prevent Fish Farm Output Growth - Chile:

58. Fish Meal Exports Hit 25% Tariff - USA feed, China tariff:

57. Fish Farmers Against Stiffer Regulations - Chile, to tougher stocking rules:,

56.  Hot Summer Leads to Poor Growth - Huon, Tasmania:

55. On-land Demand is Strong - Whole Oceans, about the three new USA north east farms being built, and there is demand for 'ten more':

54. Offshore Fish Farms? No One is Biting - USA, Guardian, 2016:

53. Fleets Travel Further to Catch Fewer Fish - Daniel Pauly

52. Ocean Acidity Affects Fish Sense of Smell - AL:

51. More on Hermitage Bay Escape - CDN:

50. 50 Leaps to Dislodge One Louse - salmon smolts, BC:

49. Thai Union Receives FTSE4Good Award - for sustainability no less:

48. Protected Seal Deaths - Tasmania:

47. Nets to Recapture Escaped Salmon Snare Humpback - Cooke, Hermitage Bay:

46. 45 Tons of Illegally Treated Tuna Nabbed in Spain - likely carbon monoxide :

45. Tax Havens Bolster Unsustainable Businesses - Pac Andes bankruptcy:

44. AquaChile Workers Fear Layoffs after Consolidation - Chile:

43. Global Salmon Initiative Communication's Spin - members:

42. More Consolidation in Chilean Industry - GSI, Global Salmon Initiative:

41. Fish Farms Sustainability Improvement? - GSI report: For example, they say they use less fish now. Little wonder because they trashed ocean stocks for decades, they now need other food sources.

40. Retail Giants Push for Email Release - Bumble Bee price fixing case:

39. Ripe for Industry Consolidation - Chile:

38. Fish Farms May Challenge Stocking Rules - Chile:

37. On-Line Shrimp Management - India, to revamp industry:

36. On Land Shrimp Farm Milestone - Spain, Gamba Natural:

35. Deadline to Recapture Escaped Salmon  - Chile, Marine Harvest 10% of 690,000 escapees:

34. On-Land Shrimp - USA, Texas, RAS, Guolian:

33. Open Ocean Fish Farms - vastly increases number of fish, sewage, and so on, Norway: July 30, 2018. "The $300 Million Plan to Farm Salmon in the Middle of the Ocean. The semi-submersible Ocean Farm 1 off the coast of Norway can hold 1.5 million fish."

32. Workers Fear Job Losses - AgrpSuper takeover, Chile:

31. Unlawful Pesticide Use - NB, suspected:

30. Neither DFO Nor NL Govt Taking Responsibility for Escapes - NL?: And:

29.  Fish Welfare Greatly Negative - Scotland, Marine Harvest, etc, OneKind report: "Firms criticized for their alleged poor standards in the report include Loch Duart, Marine Harvest, the Scottish Salmon Company and Grieg Seafood's operation in Shetland. The farm labeled as having the worst record for fish welfare was Poll na Gille on Loch Shuna in Argyll, run by Marine Harvest.
Other caged salmon farms ranked highly for “negative welfare” included MacLean’s Nose at Kilchoan in Highland, Bagh dail nan Cean in Argyll, Vuiabeag off the Isle of Lewis, Badcall Bay in Sutherland, Loch Carnan off South Uist and Inch Kenneth in Argyll."
28. Boom - $850M Agrosuper takeover of Empresas AquaChile creates second largest fish farmer in world, after Marine Harvest:

27. High Seas Fisheries Play Little Role in Food for World - Dalhousie U, NYU, National Geographic:

26. Diseases - Canada, CFIA, ISA, IPN, IHN, VHS:

25. Mapuche People Against Fish Farms - Chile, aboriginal group

24. Government, Citizens Divided - NL, look at the complications that the Placentia Bay development by Grieg has been through because citizens don't want in-ocean, but government won't listen:

23. Worker Dies - Marine Harvest, Norway:

22. On-land, In-ocean Costs Converge - Grieg in NL edgy:

21. 'Big Money is in Land-Based' - AquaMoaf, Israel:

20. Price Fixing Litigation - Thai Union, wipes out profit, set aside $44M:

19. Boom - Vietnam pangasius production over 20 years:

18. Ocean Acidification to hit 14 Million Year High - Cardiff study:

17. Disease - India, EHP in shrimp, 21% of farms:

16. Acquisitive Industry - Sysco eyes picking up Italian MARR:

15. Fish Farms Use Oceans as Toilets - BC, Fin Donnelly, NDP:

14. Expired Leases Extensions Challenged - Kingcome INlet, BC, aboriginal court case challenges BC government plan to extend leases a month at a time:

13. Giant Land-Based Shrimp Farm - Australia, Seafarm:

12. Unsustainable Grouper,  Snapper - only 8% is sustainable:

11. Research to Combat Slavery in Supply Chain

10. Disease - Firda, Norway, pancreas and glandular diseases:

9. Aquaculture Great Threat to Workers - Stirling study:

8. Sanitary Crisis - Chile, after Marine Harvest escapes:

7. Pinney's Plant/Workers - still at risk, though Scotland govt helps out, after buyer backs out:

6. More Pac Andes Trainwreck - forensic audit:

5.  Boom - Russian billionaire also bids for Iberconsa, Portobello eyes $300M payday:

4. Explosion at Feed Plant - Cargill, Norway:

3. Boom - China shrimp imports drives Vietnam past $3B:

2. Boom, Acquisition - Tyson, for McDonalds products, $3B deal for Keystone Foods:

1. Monopoly Defended - shrimp, Brazil:

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