Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Lice in Norway – Biomass of Polluters to be Cut in Half - Stricter Laws than BC, Canada

“In a controversial move, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has released a list ranking all fish farms across the country according to their sea lice levels, as part of its intensified campaign to fight lice and crack down on farms that regularly fail to be within the allowed limit.”

“Companies in the yellow and red categories will be closely monitored by NFSA and will receive early warnings of measures to put in place to stay within the 0.5 limit, said the agency. Such measures will depend on the farms, with the harshest being that their biomass allowance could be cut, as happened with Bremnes Seashore and Nova Sea last month.”

Comment: you can find both Bremnes and Nova Sea in the red portion of the list.

“On Jan. 20, the agency marked a first when it warned it would halve the allowed biomass at three sites belonging to Bremnes Seashore and Nova Sea as of this spring, saying the sites had regularly failed to keep lice levels under control.”

Comment: Last year, the CEO of Marine Harvest said he was very unhappy that 40% of Norwegian farms don’t report their lice numbers.

In BC, on the other hand, the Harper government’s Minister Shea is eliminating laws to monitor chemical use in fish farms. These are the same companies, Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg Seafood, that operate in Norway, where laws are stricter, and getting stricter.

BC does not want the Canadian laws weakened. We want fish farms out of our pristine ocean. More than 100,000 British Columbians have signed a petition to eliminate fish farm expansion and to get fish farms out of our water:

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