Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Taxpayers Pay for Diseased, Dead Fish-Farm Fish, Fish Farms Don't, Updated Jan 17, 2016

The purpose of this post is to gather together some recent references on the amount of our taxes paid to fish farms companies for diseased dead fish, which they don't have insurance for, and which they should be out of the water to prevent.

From the Conservation Council of NB, Jan 12, 2016: http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/fish-farm-biosecurity-inadequate-to-protect-wild-salmon/.

From 1997 to 2007 some $140 Million was paid to NB fish farm for diseased dead fish.Then another $33 million taxpayer money was paid in NF for diseased dead fish farm fish in 2013.

This does not include the millions paid in BC for IHN, IPN and so on. I update these figures below.

This is the newspaper article that references the east coast payouts, nearing $140 M: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1194343-fish-farm-culls-cost-public-138m. There are other figures in the article.

This is the newspaper article that references the NL $33 M, Jan 11, 2014: http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2014-01-11/article-3571724/N.L.%26rsquo%3Bs-destroyed-salmon-tab%3A-$33M/1. There are a lot of strong words in the article, and like the NB article, the public in NL wants fish farms out of the water, or in impervious tanks.

Here is the link to the figures on my site for 2014: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/09/93-million-for-diseased-fish.html. The total was $93 Million and includes BC.

There is some over-counting in the two larger amounts, but do note that you can add the $140M + $33 M + the BC money to get the total payout of taxpayer dollars. The BC money is $2.84 million for Cermaq, and $1.752 for Grieg Seafood, or $4.6 Million, meaning the total is about $177 Million taxpayer dollars for diseased dead fish farm fish for billion dollar corps from Norway. Canadians don't want to pay. They can set up on land or go back to Norway, where the government is so unhappy with their environmental damage it is giving them free licences to set up on land - a $9- to $12-million subsidy over the in-ocean auction price.

Here is the Telegram comparison with my figures: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/09/93-million-for-diseased-fish.html.

Here is the article on the nitty gritty east coast costs, including the BC figures: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2014/02/key-document-taxpayer-money-for.html.

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