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The Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture is an international network dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. GAAIA recognizes that salmon, shrimp, tuna and 'Frankenfish' farming jeopardizes sustainable and safe seafood production. By highlighting worst aquaculture practices, GAAIA will lead the fight against standards-setting and certification schemes for farmed salmon and shrimp farming in particular. 

Contact: dstaniford@gaaia.org

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"Fatty Farmed Salmon Causes Stink In Scotland" (24 March 2014)

- FOI reveals 'Seriously Non-Compliant' effluent, "illegal discharge" of grease, fish scales & guts, "pools of blood" and "odour issues" at processing plant 
 
A farmed salmon processing plant operated by Wester Ross Fisheries is named and shamed as a source of a decade of environmental pollution, illegal discharges and 'seriously non-complaint' operations.  FOI requests were prompted by a whistleblower and former employee at Wester Ross Fisheries who testified to sea lice infestations at the farmed salmon processing plant in Dingwall, Ross-shire.

Read all the documents obtained via Freedom of Information from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Water and Highland Council online via "FOI Dossier on Wester Ross Fisheries Processing Plant in Dingwall" (24 March 2014)

Read exclusively in The Ross-shire Journal online here

 

Ross-shire Journal 20 March 2014 #1 in full

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"Farmed & Dangerous Salmon - the most contaminated food on the supermarket shelf" (8 March 2014)

Read in full via Pesticides Residues in Farmed Salmon - HSE FOI Dossier (March 2014)

 

FOI dossier snapshot

 

Read exclusively in The Daily Mail (8 March): "DDT found in salmon: Pesticide discovered in farmed fish on sale in five major British supermarkets"

"Curb China's Insatiable Appetite for 'Scottish' Farmed Salmon!" (5 March 2014)


*** BREAKING NEWS - 'Salmon Farming Kills' back online!  ***

Following the shocking decision (13 February 2014) by the Supreme Court of Canada to dismiss GAAIA's application for leave to appeal, the www.salmonfarmingkills.com web-site is now back online (it was taken down subject to legal advice in August 2013).

Read more via "Staniford Relights 'Salmon Farming Kills' Campaign" (25 February 2014)
 

 


Listen to an interview (13 February) with CBC's Early Edition - listen to the podcast online here

In reaction to the Supreme Court of Canada dismissal, Don Staniford said:

"Cermaq's SLAPP suit is a slap in the face of public dissent and freedom of speech.  Shame on the  Norwegian Government - as owner of the plaintiff, Mainstream (now re-named Cermaq) - for bankrolling such Draconian legal action.  Norway may have a monopoly on salmon farming globally but Norwegian corporations surely cannot be allowed to own the law?  That the Canadian legal system has given the Norwegian Government free reign to muzzle freedom of speech speaks volumes of how undemocratic Canada has become under the Harper Government.  Freedom of speech and critical dissent is a basic democratic right."
 

Don Staniford PR shot


Read more via:

Censored: You Tube
Censored: The Westerly News
Statement following the Supreme Court of Canada dismissal
To Whom Do I Write the Cheque?


Watch this space for more details!
 

3 pack shareholders criminal free speech


July 2013

The appeal judgment in the "Salmon Farming Kills" lawsuit will be published by the BC Court of Appeal on Monday 22nd July - read online here

"Win, lose or draw, the Norwegian Government should hang their heads in shame for abusing the Canadian courts to clamp down on free speech," said Don Staniford, the Defendant.  "This is a blatant SLAPP suit designed to kill global criticism of Norway's disease-ridden salmon farming industry.  However, far from stemming dissent this lawsuit has served only to amplify the campaign to clean up the Norwegian-owned salmon farming industry.  'Salmon Farming Kills' is now common parlance – even at home in Norway where Norwegian newspapers recently reported on the health hazards and scientists warned against the consumption of contaminated farmed salmon."

Watch this space for comments and reaction to the judgment - more details online here!


Don with stickers after lawsuit victory with halo

Scottish Salmon In a Pickle!

FishyLeaks (20 January 2013) exposes the illegal use of the carcinogenic chemical Formalin in a Special Area of Conservation in Scotland.  Formalin is a highly toxic water-based solution of the known carcinogen Formaldehyde which is used as a preservative for biological specimens including artist Damien Hirst’s pickled sharks, cows and sheep.

Damien Hirst cow


“I’d rather eat one of Damien Hirst’s pickled sharks or pickled horses than chemically embalmed Scottish salmon,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture.  “It’s nauseating to think that the Scottish salmon farming industry’s warped idea of preservation is discharging the carcinogenic preservative Formalin into a Special Area of Conservation.  No wonder ‘fresh’ Scottish salmon has such a long shelf life!”

Read more via: "Pickled Scottish Salmon, Anyone?  Rogue Use of Carcinogen in Loch Roag" (20 January 2013)

A new report “Formalin: Scottish Salmon’s Toxic Solution” (sourced from 190 pages of Freedom of Information documents) reveals that:
 
- 1,400 litres of Formalin was discharged into Loch Roag “against SEPA advice”
- Formalin is a ‘carcinogen’, ‘toxic’ with a “danger of very serious irreversible effects”
-  SNH warned of “significant toxicological impacts on marine life of Loch Roag”
- The Scottish Government fast-tracked Formalin use within one week instead of 8 weeks with SEPA and SNH given only 48 hours to respond
- The Scottish Salmon Company failed to consult with conservation bodies despite admitting discharges took place in a Special Area of Conservation and National Scenic Area

Damien hirst sheep and pickles


FishyLeaks Exposes Murky Waters of Fish Farming!


FishyLeaks - the watery world's response to WikiLeaks - trawls the murky waters of the fish farming industry for leaked documents from whistleblowers and documents obtained via Freedom of Information. 

Read FishyLeaks for damning documents including data exposing sea lice infestation in Ireland; toxic chemical use in Scotland, the spread of infectious diseases in Canada and new revelations from a whistleblower inside the Scottish Salmon Company!

Fit for the Queen - Loch Duart’s Chlamydia-Contaminated Salmon?

A warning letter from the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore in Nova Scotia will be delivered later today (19 November) to Loch Duart’s office in Lochmaddy.   GAAIA has also written to Her Majesty the Queen (who served Loch Duart farmed salmon at her Diamond Jubilee in June) asking her to screen her farmed salmon for Chlamydia and other infectious diseases which were reported this year in Loch Duart's "sustainable" farmed salmon.

Letter delivery 18 Nov 2012

Read a press release - "Fit for the Queen & Residents of Nova Scotia - Loch Duart’s Chlamydia-Contaminated Salmon?" - online here
 

Watch a video report shot yesterday (18 November) at Loch Duart’s operations in North Uist – online here

Video #5 spreads disease


Video Reports from Scotland!

Video #1

Watch video reports on our visit to Scotland:

Salmon Pharming Kills With Chemicals” (GAAIA, 12 November)
 
Sea Lice Kill Wild Fish” (GAAIA, 11 November)
 
Wild salmon of Scotland need protecting” (GAAIA, 9 November)
 
Skye Waters Against Fish Farming – Arthur Sevestre Explains” (GAAIA, 9 November)
 
David Ainsley shows us the waste impacts of salmon farms” (GAAIA, 7 November)
 
Don Staniford speaks at public hearing against salmon farms” (GAAIA, 7 November)
 
Scottish Salmon Farms Bully Island Residents” (GAAIA, 6 November)

Unnecessary Seal Deaths – Mark Carter Explains” (GAAIA, 6 November)
 
Salmon Farming Kills Seals!” (GAAIA, 5 November)

Scottish Salmon Stushie off the Isle of Arran” (GAAIA, 5 November)
 
The Stench of Scottish Salmon Farming” (GAAIA, 4 November)
 
Salmon Farm Disease Disaster in Lamlash Bay, Arran” (GAAIA, 3 November)
 
GAAIA goes to Scotland’s diseased fish farms on Arran” (GAAIA, 3 November)

Video #2


Ireland & Scotland Going Wild for Salmon!

GAAIA & Wild Salmon First head to Ireland for a week-long inspection of salmon farms (23-30 November) - starting with a public meeting in Bantry Bay on 23 November:

Bantry Bay flyer

Download the flyer as a PDF online here - read more background on Don Staniford online here

Read more via “Ireland Goes Wild Against Salmon Farming
 

Skye Waters Against Fish Farming!

Arthur Sevestre with WHFP

 

Local communities across Scotland are rising up against the "carpet-bombing" of the West coast by Norwegian-owned salmon farming corporations.  On the Isle of Skye in the Western Isles, a new group called Skye Waters Against Fish Farming (SWAFF) was officially launched this week at a public meeting in Armadale (8 November) to fight Marine Harvest's plan for a super-sized salmon farm in Loch Slapin.


Read more via “Skye Waters Against Fish Farming
 

Skye Fall for Scottish Salmon!

"The sky is falling on the Scottish salmon farming industry," said Don Staniford in a press release (6 November).

Skyfall diseased salmon farm

GAAIA & Wild Salmon First will be visiting the Isle of Skye (7-9 November) including a public meeting in Armdale on 8 November (read Intinerary in full online here). 

Read more via the dossier: "Gill Diseases: Scottish Salmon's Dirty Big Secret"

Armdale talk 8 Nov 2012

Download the poster in full online here

Follow our tour around Scotland and Ireland (2-30 November) online here and more background online here

Watch video reports on our visit to Scotland:
 
Unnecessary Seal Deaths – Mark Carter Explains” (GAAIA, 6 November)
 
Salmon Farming Kills Seals!” (GAAIA, 5 November)

Scottish Salmon Stushie off the Isle of Arran” (GAAIA, 5 November)
 
The Stench of Scottish Salmon Farming” (GAAIA, 4 November)
 
Salmon Farm Disease Disaster in Lamlash Bay, Arran” (GAAIA, 3 November)
 
GAAIA goes to Scotland’s diseased fish farms on Arran” (GAAIA, 3 November)
 
Norwegian Fish Farms Get Out!  Flying the flag for wild salmon” (GAAIA, 1 November)
 

Staniford in Scotland - Day 1 reporting from Isle of Arran

"We're here at ground zero in Scotland's disease disaster," said GAAIA's Don Staniford. "They've had mass mortalities here dating back to 2007."   Watch a video report from wind-swept Scotland - online here

Don Arran Video #1


Read more via "Ground Zero in Scotland's Salmon Wars!"

Read the itinerary in full online here


Scotland & Ireland Tour - November 2012

Flying the Flag for Wild Salmon in Scotland & Ireland
- November Tour Itinerary Unveiled
 

Flag with gaaia stickers

From November 2nd to 30th, Don Staniford of GAAIA and Elena Edwards of Wild Salmon First will be touring salmon farms in Scotland and Ireland.   The itinerary includes a public hearing on the Isle of Mull (5th) as well as public meetings in Armadale on Skye (8th), Ullapool (12th), Harris (15th) and Bantry Bay (23rd).  Protests are planned in Edinburgh (21st) and Dublin (29th) - see below for the itinerary in full.

Wild salmon first #5 collage


Read the itinerary in full online here
 

Watch a video report explaining more on the visit:

Don Video 1 Nov 2012 Flying Flag trip
Watch online here!

 

Mainstream Canada appeals lawsuit loss (15 October)!

"Mainstream Canada and their parent company Cermaq have once again ignored the first rule of PR: when in a hole stop digging," commented Don Staniford who will be fighting the appeal.  "Cermaq's knee-jerk reaction to appeal is yet another case of this multi-million dollar company shooting itself in the foot.  Common sense is clearly not a currency this Norwegian-owned multinational is used to dealing in"

3 pack shareholders criminal free speech

"The ugly truth is that Norwegian-owned salmon farming kills all around the world," continued Staniford.  "No amount of sabre-rattling, intimidation and bullying by this Norwegian Government-owned corporation will alter the fact that salmon farming kills sea lions, spreads infectious diseases and even results in the death of their own workers."  

3 pack cancer global weeping sore

 


Read more details via "Cermaq Dig Deeper Hole by Appealing Lawsuit Loss"
 

Global News Update - now online!



“Sicko Salmon”/“Farms & Disease”/“PR Disaster”/“Passionate Pleas” – in full online here!

The latest Global News Update includes media coverage from Canada, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, United States, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands (where two people have died from eating salmonella-infected farmed salmon - with the Dutch health agency warning that the death toll could rise to 17).

Read more global news - including an archive - online here


Staniford Wins Lawsuit (28 September)!

Judgment summary

Read Judgment in full online here
 

More details via:

Rafe Mair's Landmark Free Speech Case Credited in Salmon Activist Staniford's Victory” (Common Sense Canadian, 12 October)
 
Lessons from a fish farm defamation lawsuit” (West Coast Environmental Law, 12 October)

Salmon-farming activist wins in court” (The Canadian Press, 29 September)

Court dismisses salmon farming defamation suit” (Times Colonist, 29 September)

Activist wins defamation case launched by salmon-farming company” (The Canadian Press, 29 September)

B.C. Supreme Court upholds right of anti-salmon farm activist to make defamatory remarks/“Court upholds salmon farm foe's right to make defamatory remarks” (The Vancouver Sun/Times Colonist, 29 September)

 

Judgment Day in Salmon Farming Kills Lawsuit (28 September)

Read Justice Adair's judgment online here (to be posted from 10.30am PST on Friday 28 September 2012)

Read more via "Judgment Day in Salmon Farming Kills Lawsuit"

Cermaq photo #4
If Cermaq’s lawsuit and injunction are successful, over fifty statements will be deemed illegal and “any person”, “servants” or “agents” will be ordered to remove the ‘Defamatory Words’ from the internet:

Cermaq photo #5

Read more background via “Norway’s Injunction Kills Free Speech!” and “Gagging the Truth Becomes Mainstream

Read Cermaq's 'Amended Notice of Civil Claim' -  online here

Staniford Testifies to Salmon Inquiry in New Zealand (26 Sept)
 

“GAAIA believes that further expansion of salmon farming in the Marlborough Sounds will inevitably trigger waste pollution, benthic contamination, toxic algal blooms as well as the spread of infectious diseases and mass mortality events,” said Don Staniford in his testimony (26 September 2012).  “If the history of salmon farming tells us anything at all it is the fact that overproduction causes problems wherever salmon farms operate.  New Zealand ignores the global warnings at its peril.” 

 

Don Staniford PR shot

“Permitting salmon farming expansion is an open invitation for disaster and would jeopardise New Zealand’s green and clean image abroad,” continued Staniford.  “Sanctioning even one new farm (let alone nine farms) in the Marlborough Sounds would be 100% irresponsible.  There is only one Marlborough Sounds and once the Malaysian-owned King Salmon has fouled New Zealand’s nest it will simply move on and pollute somewhere else.” 
 
Read more details via “New Zealand’s King-Sized Salmon Problem


Stop the 'Killer Panda'!

GAAIA has written to WWF with the simple message: Please withdraw your support for the slaughter of marine mammals (including pregnant seals and protected sea lions) by salmon farms.

Read the letter (9 July) to WWF online here  

Read more background online here

Scotland’s Seal Killers Named & Shamed! 

- Ban on ‘Seal Unfriendly’ Farmed Salmon?

The shocking extent of seal killing by salmon farming companies across Scotland can be revealed for the first time today (28 June) following a FOI request.  According to data supplied by Marine Scotland, over 300 seals were killed during 2011 and 2012 (up to April) by serial killers including Marine Harvest, Loch Duart, Scottish Seafarms (Leroy & Salmar), Meridian (Morpol), Hjaltland Seafarms (Grieg Seafood) and The Scottish Salmon Company. 


 

Read more online here!

Cermaq's Crisis in Canada!

A letter was sent today (24 May) to Cermaq's CEO Jon Hindar regarding the non-disclosure of disease data - read online here!

The Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) also filed a formal complaint with the Oslo Stock Exchange (Børs). GAAIA’s complaint provides evidence of non-disclosure in Canada relating to:

 
1) Cermaq’s refusal to publish disease data
2) Damning disease data released via the Cohen Commission
3) Cermaq’s refusal to allow Government inspectors onto sites
4) Lack of transparency on risks of Infectious Salmon Anaemia
5) Breach of bio-security relating to Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis
 

Read more via 'Cermaq's Crisis in Canada!'


"GET OUT of Hardangerfjord" say the Green Warriors of Norway!

The Green Warriors of Norway have launched a new campaign against the Norwegian salmon farming industry. Banners and billboards (in Norwegian and English) were posted around the Hardangerfjord region urging salmon farms to ‘Get Out’.


"Get Out" means the same in any language!

Read more online here


Watch out for the 'Abominable Salmon Council' - bringing 'responsible' farmed salmon to a supermarket near you soon!

Read more via 'The Abominable Salmon Council: Buyer Beware!'

Read the latest news on Don Staniford's move to Norway!

Online via 'So Long & Thanks for all the Fish: Goodbye Canada, Hello Norway!'
 

Read a report (in English for the first time) on Norwegian salmon farming from the Green Warriors of Norway - online here!

Read a damning new report from the Office of the Auditor General of Norway - online here!

Download the itinerary of the Norwegian delegation visiting Canada (5-9 March) - online here!

Latest News on the Lawsuit - Read online here!

The 20-day trial between the Norwegian Government (via the state owned corporation Cermaq) and Don Staniford ended on Friday (10 February) with Cermaq's lawyers asking the judge (Justice Elaine Adair) for an immediate injunction. 

Read more via: "Gagging the Truth Becomes Mainstream"

If successful, the injunction would outlaw bumper stickers like ‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Farmed Salmon’ and 'Wild Salmon Don't Do Drugs' and truthful statements corroborated by peer-reviewed science such as ‘Salmon Farming Spreads Disease’ and ‘Salmon Farming Kills Wild Baby Salmon’.

Read more via: "Norway's Injunction Kills Free Speech!

Don Staniford will be deported from Canada on 29 February following a 'Deportation Party' in Vancouver (28 February).

Read more via: "Anti fish-farm activist to be sent home after hearing"

Read about how Cermaq want an injunction: "Closing Norway's Noose on Freedom of Speech" - online here!

Read about "Cermaq's Clusterfuck" - online here!

Watch Norwegian TV on the lawsuit - including an interview with a Norwegian law professor stating that Cermaq's case is "very thin" - online here!

Please donate to the legal fighting fund online here!

GAAIA re-launches "Salmon Farming Kills" campaign

The Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture is fighting back against the Norwegian-owned salmon farming industry and their heavy-handed lawyers who closed down the GAAIA web-site in March 2011.  

GAAIA today (22nd January 2012) re-launched the web-site with the new domain name 'Salmon Farming Kills' - a day after Norwegian TV broadcast a news report on the lawsuit.

Watch online here (click on the orange play icon)

"Put that in your pipe and smoke it," said Don Staniford (author of the forthcoming report
'Smoke on the Water, Cancer on the Coast').  "Norwegian-owned salmon farming is blowing smoke all over the globe.  The industry's PR campaigns are nothing more than smoke and mirrors which must be exposed.  For the sake of wild salmon, fishermen, First Nations, bears, eagles, orcas, future generations and our global ocean we must stub out salmon farming from the face of the blue planet."

"The warning message to the Norwegian multinationals who are spreading disease-ridden salmon farms around the world like a malignant cancer is simple," Staniford continued.  "Quit salmon farming and quit spreading lies and misinformation.  For consumers the choice is clear - Quit eating farmed salmon or keep endangering the health of wild salmon and our global ocean.  We need to speak for the salmon and stand tall against the Norwegian-owned corporations killing our wild fish, spreading infectious diseases and misinformation about the health of farmed salmon.  The writing is on the wall for this Norwegian-owned salmon farming industry."

Please support the work of GAAIA - details online here

For more details on the 'Salmon Farming Kills' lawsuit Vs. Cermaq (owned by the Norwergian Government) - online here

The court case started in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver on 16th January 2012 and is scheduled to last 20 days - Justice Elaine Adair is the presiding judge and the court sits from 10am to 4pm (Monday to Friday) and the courtroom # is 52 (Hornby/Nelson St. entrance). 

For more background read our press release "Global Health Warning Issued on Farmed Salmon"

More details and photos online now via 'News', 'Salmon Farming Kills' and 'Smoke on the Water, Cancer on the Coast'

For more information please contact Don Staniford: dstaniford@gaaia.org

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