Sunday, 14 February 2016

Clayoquot and Sami Aboriginals, Norwegians, Scientists, Politicians, Public: Fish Farms Need to be On Land

Well, the Clayoquot Action Group that went to Norway to call on the Sami peoples, Norwegians, Norwegian government, scientists, environmentalists and Cermaq, in fact everyone they talked to said this about getting fish farms out of the water:

"A clear consensus has emerged over the past two weeks, through meetings with wild salmon advocates, academics, and an investigative journalist. When asked the question, “how can Canada avoid the problems Norway is experiencing with open-net pen salmon farming?”, without hesitation every single person replied: “Shifting to closed containment production is the only way forward”." 

See: Do read this entire article with the Cermaq, Marine Harvest, Grieg Seafood in-ocean fish farms being described as 'dinosaur technology'.

So, now you have heard  what the reaction is in Norway. What we need in Canada is for Justin Trudeau and Hunter Tootoo to take fish farms out of the ocean. In BC, there are 73 Million wild salmon, in Atlantic Canada there are only 170,000 wild Atlantic Salmon left in the sea. BC has 99.8% of all the salmon in Canada, and we want fish farms on land or they can take their small GDP contribution (part of only $61.9M) and their few jobs (BC Stats says  only 1700 multiplier jobs, and I have looked and found it is only 795 actual jobs) back to Norway and set up on land because the Norwegian government is so fed up with them it is handing out free licences to get out of the ocean and set up on land, a $9- to $12-Million subsidy, representing the auction price of a licence in the ocean.

So it is on land in Canada, and Norway. The movement is spreading because the public and aboriginals where there are fish farms overwhelmingly reject them in the ocean. In BC, the petition to stop expansion and get fish farms out of the water received 110,000 signatures.

Here is another quote from the Clayoquot Site:

"Signs of a tide change beginning to sweep the industry are breaking daily in major Norwegian media. Dagbladet, the country’s second biggest paper, ran a story pointing out that catches are plummeting in the Alta, “the world’s best salmon river” as the amount of farmed salmon in the nearby Altafjord increases. The production manager of Grieg Seafood’s operations in Alta was quoted saying: “The only solution is to get the fish into closed containment”.
The following day the front page of the paper in Bergen read: “CEO of Marine Harvest prepared to invest US $100M: if everything works as planned, closed containment systems will replace open-net pen salmon farms”.
The Delegation also met with MP Frank Bakke-Jensen, from the governing party, and suggested that with the clear consensus emerging in Norway finally being acknowledged by industry, the government runs the risk of no longer providing leadership, unless they get out in front of the parade."
Thank you Clayoquot Action Group for taking your stand to Norway and contributing to fundamental change in the way our ocean is treated. No more fish farm climate change sewage.


  1. Glad to hear there is movement to get these fish farms out of our coastal areas. Moving them on land is a great idea, and must be better than having them near the coast. It still occupies prime real estate that could be used for other purposes, and the waste would still have to be disposed of somehow.

    I have recently learned of an interesting proposal that involves moving the fish farms off shore. A bit of explanation, and a video explaining it is in the link below.

    Link Here

  2. Hi Ben

    I don't agree. Off shore fish farms just take all the problems and put them where no one can see or check on the problems. This is an issue of climate change sewage, for instance. Fish Farms need to be on land.

    And other issues are: not raising a carnivore, feed sustainability and that Atlantic salmon are an exotic species.