Press Releases issued by the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture: www.gaaia.org
Information obtained from the Scottish Government via FOI reveals that 95,400 farmed salmon were killed during July and August this year by a 'Thermolicer' at Marine Harvest's salmon farm in Loch Greshornish on the Isle of Skye. A briefing note to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity in September reported that the mass mortalities (460 tonnes) cost Marine Harvest £2.7 million and "highlights the ongoing difficulties and costs faced by industry with regards to sea lice management". In an embarrassing twist the Thermolicer was described as "a recent £4 million investment by Scottish Sea Farms rented by Marine Harvest" .
Read an Exclusive by Rob Edwards in today's Sunday Herald newspaper: "Oops: fish farm firm kills 175,000 of its salmon by accident"
Photo: Scotland's First Thermolicer delivered to Scottish Sea Farms in July 2016
Other documents obtained by GAAIA via Freedom of Information detail other mortality and disease problems at Marine Harvest salmon farms during 2016 totalling ca. 350,000 dead farmed salmon - the incidents include:
- 60,000 farmed salmon (13% mortality) killed by Hydrogen peroxide treatment for AGD at Soay on Harris (with a further 17,226 morts earlier in the year due to Peroxide/Salmosan treatment in well boat)
- "Lorries loads of dead fish removed for destruction on almost daily basis" in Lewis
- 84,820 dead salmon (15% mortality) at Grey Horse Channel (Sound of Harris) due to AGD and Pancreas Disease
- 77,884 dead salmon (11 mortality) at Invasion Bay (Loch Sunart) due to "maturation"
- 23,854 dead salmon due to Pancreas Disease at Ardintoul (Loch Alsh)
Download press release with Notes to Editors via Thermolicer' Back-Fires Killing 95,400 Farmed Salmon: £2.7 million up in flames for Marine Harvest on Isle of Skye
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New U.S. rules protecting marine mammals could cost trigger-happy salmon farmers around the world a staggering $2 billion in lost export markets for farmed salmon!
In emails to the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, the U.S. Government has confirmed that salmon farms in Maine and Washington do NOT kill marine mammals - in stark contrast to lethal salmon farms in Scotland, Canada, Chile, Faroe Islands, New Zealand and Australia (with question marks hanging over Norway and Ireland).
In order to comply with U.S. standards (i.e. zero marine mammals killed), farmed salmon sourced from salmon farms which kills seals, sea lions, dolphins and even whales will be banned from the lucrative U.S. market by 1 January 2022 (when the Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act is enforced).
Read press release in full online here
"Salmon Slap for Kate in Canada" (15 September 2016)
Campaigners are calling on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to endorse wild salmon not farmed salmon during the royal visit to Canada later this month. The royal party will be presented with a gift of wild salmon when they arrive in Victoria (24 September) and challenged to issue a public statement pledging to boycott farmed salmon.
"Shamefully, both William and Kate have been cheerleaders for the disease-ridden salmon farming industry in Scotland," said Don Staniford, Director of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA).
"Serving guests at their royal wedding diseased farmed salmon was a slap in the face for healthy wild fish and still leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. Farmed salmon is not fit for the Queen’s corgis let alone young children like Princess Charlotte and Prince George. Wild salmon is clearly the King of Fish not the farmed imposter with the fake tan, lice-infested skin, parasitic mushy flesh and cancer-causing chemical contamination."
Download press release as a PDF online here
Despite sceptical media reports, a new U.S. rule published last month explicitly states that salmon farms must stop killing seals in order to export to the lucrative U.S. market . Scottish salmon - the UK's #1 food export - now risks being banned from the £200 million per year U.S. market over Scotland's ongoing seal slaughter which exceeds 1,500 dead seals since 2011. Importing countries will have a five-year interim exemption period (starting on 1 January 2017) to implement a regulatory program that "prohibits the intentional killing or serious injury of marine mammals in all fisheries".
Read press release in full online here
The UK's #1 food export - Scottish salmon - faces being banned from the lucrative U.S. market over Scotland's ongoing seal slaughter which exceeds 1,500 dead seals since 2011
Read more in today's Sunday Herald: "End the slaughter of seals in Scotland now"
To comply with new U.S. standards to be implemented on 1 January 2017, importing countries must implement a regulatory program that "prohibits the intentional killing or serious injury of marine mammals in all fisheries" stated the import provisions issued last month.
Read more via "NOAA establishes international marine mammal bycatch criteria for U.S. imports" and "Seafood Import Provisions under the Marine Mammal Protection Act"
"The new U.S. rules are a body blow for Scottish salmon which is shamefully drenched in the blood of dead seals," said Don Staniford, Director of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture. "If Scottish salmon farmers do not stop killing seals then this ruling could cost the industry over £200 million per year and leave a gaping hole in the UK's number one food export."
Since official Government figures were disclosed in 2011, over 750 seals have been killed at Scottish salmon farms (read more via "Mapped: every Scottish salmon farm that shot seals") with over 800 killed by river fisheries and netting stations. 241 seals were killed by salmon farms in 2011 with 208 dead seals in 2012, 105 dead seals in 2013, 80 in 2014 and 95 in 2015. Of the 24 seals reported killed thus far in 2016 (only Q1 data is available online) all but one were killed by salmon farms.
The U.S. is the largest export market for Scottish farmed salmon accounting for 30,000 tonnes in 2015 at a value of £215 million in 2014. With 186,508 tonnes of Scottish farmed forecast to be produced in 2015 that means one in six or 16% of Scottish farmed salmon is exported to the U.S. Farmed salmon is the largest food export from Scotland, accounting for around 40% of total value and in 2014 it also topped the list of UK food exports.
During the first quarter of 2016, official Government figures show that salmon farmers have already killed 23 seals including 10 by Scottish Sea Farms (Bight of Bellister, Vidlin North, Slocka Ronas Voe, Shapinsay, Kishorn West and Loch Spelve), six by Marine Harvest (Eilean Grianain, Isle Ewe, Torridon, Greshornish, Maol Ban) and four by Loch Duart in the Sound of Harris. An analysis of the data in October 2015 revealed that Scottish Sea Farms (who exclusively supply Marks & Spencer) were Scotland's worst serial killers with 150 dead seals followed by Grieg Seafood Hjaltland (136 seals killed), the Scottish Salmon Company (128 seals killed) and Marine Harvest (76 seals killed).
"Instead of shooting themselves in the wallet, Scottish salmon farmers should hang up their guns and stop killing seals," continued Staniford. "Risking over £200 million in exports in order to kill less than one hundred seals is a sure fire way of going broke. Shoppers should steer clear of ethically bankrupt Scottish salmon. Scottish salmon, you're fired!"
"Since each seal killed by salmon farmers in Scotland currently costs the UK economy approximately £2.5 million, surely it would be cheaper to bite the bullet and install predator nets at a cost of £40,000 per cage?" concluded Staniford. "Even if that means £1 million per farm and a capital outlay of nearly £150 million - the latest Scottish Government fish farm survey details 143 salmon farms in production - it would be worth the long term investment. Scotland's seals certainly think it is time to stop shooting and start investing in predator nets."
The threat of a U.S. on Scottish salmon comes in the wake of the publication of a new paper in Frontiers of Marine Science. "The current legislation does not specify closed seasons to protect breeding seals and 35% of necropsied seals were pregnant gray seals," stated the paper from the University of Edinburgh and University of Bristol. "Seals have also been shot during their lactation periods when pups are dependent on their mothers. This raises significant welfare concerns".
"The majority of the seal management cases necropsied at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) Wildlife Unit were found to have been shot effectively with a single shot destroying the cranial vault (SRUC Wildlife Unit, 2012; Brownlow and Davison, 2013, 2014)," continued the paper. "However, each seal management case study report highlights at least one case of concern. In 2012 two seals (out of the 21 examined) showed signs of multiple gunshot wounds and blood aspiration which suggested that they had not been killed by the first shot (SRUC Wildlife Unit, 2012). In 2013, one seal (out of the seven examined) had been shot in the neck and, in 2014, one (out of the six examined) had been shot through the mandible (Brownlow and Davison, 2013, 2014)."
Read the paper in full via "Does the Seal Licensing System in Scotland Have a Negative Impact on Seal Welfare?")
More news via "End the slaughter of seals in Scotland now" and "Charity makes plea to end seal shooting in Scotland"
An analysis by GAAIA in November 2015 also found that a tiny proportion of seal corpses were reported let alone recovered or collected. In fact, of the 51 seals killed in the first two quarters of 2015 (January to July) zero carcasses were recovered or collected and only three were reported to the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme. Out of 173 seals killed during 2013 and 2014 a total of 19 carcasses (11%) were reported, 16 carcasses recovered (9%) and only one carcass (<1%) collected (read more via "Appendix: Companies, Regions & Sites").
[Dead seals found near Marine Harvest's salmon farm in Loch Alsh, Scotland - download image online here]
Scotland is not the only country under fire for the deliberate killing of marine mammals. Chile, Canada, New Zealand and Australia have been subject to criticism for the killing of sea lions, seals, dolphins and even whales.
In Australia, seals have been killed on salmon farms in Tasmania (read more via "Tasmania's salmon trade casts deadly net"). Environment Tasmania report that: "As of June 2013, at least 144 protected seals have died as a result of fish farming in just four years". The Tasmanian Times reported in July 2015: "the Tasmanian Government seal management strategy has resulted in normally protected seals being deliberately killed with Government approval".
In Chile, a photo of salmon farmers killing a sea lion attracted the condemnation of both the Chilean Government and salmon farming industry itself in July 2015. Sernapesca filed a formal complaint for animal abuse following the identification of the salmon farming company responsible (read more via "Sernapesca files formal complaint over salmon farm workers’ animal abuse").
In New Zealand, at least four dolphins and four seals have been killed in salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds since 2011 (read more via "Dolphins die on NZ King Salmon farms").
In Canada, data on mortalities at salmon farms in British Columbia is routinely published online by the Government. For example, the data published for Q4 2015 (October-December) reveals the deliberate killing of 15 California sea lions by Cermaq in Clayoquot UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In 2013, a humpback whale was also found dead in a salmon farm in Clayoquot Sound. In 2014 there was also a humpback whale killed by a salmon farm off the Isle of Mull in Scotland.
Press release including backgrounder available as a PDF online here
The iconic Atlantic salmon is facing imminent extinction on the West coast of Scotland due to the lethal impacts of escapes, diseases and parasites from salmon farms. Salmon farming is quite literally killing wild fish - that's the stark message from yesterday's Mail On Sunday newspaper.
"Scottish Salmon Blinded by Seal Killing" (29 November 2015)
Download press release in full as a PDF online here
"Stop Shooting Seals for Salmon Meals!" (30 October 2015)
GAAIA has scored a notable victory with two decisions published today by the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC). In both cases, the SIC has ordered Scottish Ministers to disclose damning seal-killing data in relation to salmon farms by 21 August 2015 (the SIC is required, by law, to give the Ministers at least six weeks to disclose the information).
Here's a summary of both decisions issued earlier today by Rosemary Agnew, Scottish Information Commissioner:
The SIC's decision 102/2015: Number of Seals Shot includes:
The SIC's decision 103/2015: Seal Killing Return Forms includes:
Read in full via "VICTORY: Disclosure of Seal-Killing Salmon Farm Data Ordered by 21 August"
Read a press release: "Landmark Rulings on Seal-Killing Salmon Farms - Scottish Information Commissioner to publish decisions this afternoon" (7 July 2015)
"Today's decisions are landmark rulings," said Don Staniford, Director of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture. "If the Scottish Government is forced yet again to disclose the names of the trigger-happy salmon farms killing seals then the public will be able to boycott seal-unfriendly Scottish salmon. If the Scottish Information Commissioner rules in favour of non-disclosure then it will send the shameful signal that Scottish salmon farmers can get away with murder. Either way, consumers eating lethal Scottish salmon have blood on their hands. Better be seal-safe than sorry and boycott all Scottish salmon - even RSPCA 'Freedom Food' and ASC-certified farmed salmon which shockingly sanction the slaughter of seals."
The decisions follow repeated Freedom of Information (FOI) requests by the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) since April 2012 asking the Scottish Government to name individual salmon farms killing seals. Despite rulings by the Scottish Information Commissioner in 2012 and 2013 forcing disclosure, the Scottish Government stopped publishing site specific quarterly data in 2014 claiming in August 2014 a "significant risk of accidental injury to campaigners if they seek to get between licenced seal shooters and seals".
Read more details via GAAIA's 'Media Backgrounder: Sealed Scottish Salmon'.
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 5 June 2015
EXPOSED: Scottish Salmon's Sustainability Scam
A new 'Sustainability Report' launched today by the Global Salmon Initiative is not worth the paper it is written on claims the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA).
Listen to Don Staniford, Director of GAAIA, speaking on the BBC's 'Good Morning Scotland' radio show this morning from 7.30am - online here
"The Global Salmon Initiative's new 'Sustainability Report' smacks of the Emperor's New Clothes," said Don Staniford, Director of GAAIA. "Sustainable salmon farming is a sham, scam and consumer con. The so-called 'transparent' data is so wafer-thin that it is non-existent! Shamefully, this report completely ignores the toxic pollution from Scottish salmon farms, Scotland's infectious disease crisis and only includes two of Scotland's salmon farming companies (ignoring lice-infested Loch Duart, Wester Ross Fisheries, Scottish Sea Farms and the Scottish Salmon Company, for example). Even such blatant green-washing cannot hide the naked truth - that mortality rates are leaping like a lice-infested farmed salmon with a staggering one in seven farmed salmon dead at Marine Harvest Scotland. Sea lice levels are still alarmingly high with 2014 the worst year on record and both Marine Harvest Scotland and Grieg Seafood breaching lice limits for seven out of the twelve months." 
Read the report in full online here
"The whole concept of 'sustainable salmon farming' is an oxymoron," continued Staniford. "The farming of carnivores such as salmon is, by definition, inherently unsustainable. The global salmon farming industry is draining our oceans of wild fish as a feed supply to fuel its insatiable appetite - it takes anywhere between 3 to 9 tonnes of wild fish to produce one tonne of farmed salmon! Consequently, the words 'salmon farming' and 'sustainable' don't even belong in the same sentence let alone a whole report devoted to sustainable salmon."
"Put lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig," concluded Staniford. "By discharging untreated sewage effluent directly into our global ocean, salmon farms are the piggeries of the sea. Not to mention the fact that from 1 June 2013, farmed salmon was permitted by the EU to be fed on chicken and pig products. Stop pigging out on farmed salmon - join the global consumer boycott now!"
Press release online in full here
Here's a press release issued by the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (7 September) - read in full with a media backgrounder via "The Great International Salmon Swap"
Read a press release: "Scottish Salmon's Secret Seal Killers! - FOI refusal prompts call for boycott of farmed salmon" (24 August 2014)
Read GAAIA's request for a review (21 August) following the Scottish Government's refusal to disclose the names of seal killing salmon farms - online here
Read more via Sunday Times: "End the secrecy over seal deaths" (24 August 2014)
"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
"Scottish Salmon's Great Escape" (20 March 2014)
Read exclusively in The Herald: "Call to jail fish-farm bosses who allow escapes" (20 March)
A comparison with farmed salmon production data published annually by the Scottish Government reveals that there has been one escapee per 0.7 tonnes of farmed salmon production since 1998 - with 2011, 2005 and 2000 the worst years for escapes. In 2005, there were ten escapees per tonne of farmed salmon production.
A comparison with wild salmon catch statistics published annually by the Scottish Government reveals that farmed salmon escapees are twice the number of wild salmon caught. Between 2002 and 2012 a total of 1.2 million wild salmon were caught with an average of 107,347 per year. This compares with a total of 2.4 million farmed salmon escapees with an average of 217,365 per year for the same period (2002-2012).
The worst offender was Norwegian-owned Marine Harvest who is responsible for over a quarter of escape incidents since 2002. Other repeat offenders are Scottish Sea Farms, Balta Island Seafare, Loch Duart and the Scottish Salmon Company. In 2006, the Scottish Information Commissioner made a landmark ruling following a complaint by the Salmon Farm Protest Group forcing the Scottish Government to disclose the names of companies responsible for escapes.
In January 2014, 154,569 farmed salmon escaped from a Meridian salmon farm in Shetland currently owned by Marine Harvest (read more news via BBC News, STV News, Shetland News, The Herald, Intrafish, Fish Farmer, Fisheries Information Service, Undercurrent News, The Press & Journal, The Shetland Times and Fish Farming Xpert).
An analysis of the data since 2002 (when official site specific statistics are first available), reveals that this was the 4th largest escape on record in Scotland since 2002. Western Isles region is responsible for seven of the top 20 largest escapes, with five in Shetland, three in Highland, three in Orkney and two in Argyll. Shetland is responsible for three out of the top four worst escapes (data collated by GAAIA via officialstatistics published online by the Scottish Government):
Read the press release in full online here
Read more via a media backgrounder: "Scottish Salmon's Great Escape: There's No Escaping the Damning Data" (20 March 2014)
Read in full via Pesticides Residues in Farmed Salmon - HSE FOI Dossier (March 2014)
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)
Read more via today's Press & Journal: "Call for ban on salmon to China"
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 25 February 2014
[Download press release in full as a PDF online here]
Ullapool, Scotland - The smoking hot 'Salmon Farming Kills' campaign has been re-launched by Don Staniford in his new role as Director of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA). Don Staniford was previously the Global Co-ordinator of GAAIA and this week stepped down as Director of Protect Wild Scotland to work full-time on the 'Salmon Farming Kills' campaign. Don Staniford will be visiting Norway in June (13-18) and Canada in September/October as part of the 'Censored Salmon' tour.
"GAAIA will be delivering the 'Salmon Farming Kills' message to all corners of the globe," said Don Staniford, Director of GAAIA. "The Norwegian State, as owners of Mainstream/Cermaq, may be able to silence free speech in corporate Canada but they cannot censor global criticism about the salmon farming industry's polluting practices. Norway may have a monopoly on salmon farming but Norway does not own the truth. The ugly truth is that salmon farming spreads toxic wastes, infectious diseases, sea lice parasites, social problems and contaminated food around the world. Far from being labelled as 'healthy and nutritious', farmed salmon should carry an environmental and public health warning."
The 'Salmon Farming Kills' web-site was taken off-line in August 2013 pending the Supreme Court of Canada's final decision in the lawsuit filed in March 2011 by Mainstream Canada (EWOS Canada) Vs. Don Staniford and the GAAIA. Earlier this month (13 February), the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed GAAIA's application for leave of appeal leaving Don Staniford and the GAAIA facing a legal bill estimated at $500,000 and a permanent injunction banning over fifty statements such as 'Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Farmed Salmon', 'Wild Salmon Don't Do Drugs' and 'Salmon Farming Spreads Disease'.
"Whilst Canada and Norway are shamefully censoring criticism of the salmon farming industry, thankfully the European Parliament and European Union are happy to hear about the environmental and public health impacts of salmon farming," continued Staniford who earlier this month addressed a meeting of the European Economic & Social Committee.
"Consumers around the world need to wake up the fact that salmon farming is producing a hazardous product detrimental to environmental and public health. Farmed salmon is cheap and nasty and should be avoided like the plague. Better be safe than salmon farming - boycott farmed salmon!"
Don Staniford's presentation to the European Economic & Social Committee (14 February) is now available online here
Download press release in full as a PDF online here
Notes to Editors:
 Don Staniford is an award-winning campaigner and author. He has campaigned against the global threat of salmon farming since 1998 and has worked for Friends of the Earth Scotland, the Salmon Farm Protest Group, Friends of Clayoquot Sound, the Pure Salmon Campaign, Salmon Are Sacred, Wild Salmon First, Superheroes 4 Salmon, the Green Warriors of Norway, Protect Wild Scotland and the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture.
In 2002, he was awarded the Andrew Lees Memorial Award at the British Environment & Media Awards. “They commended him as a pre-eminent campaigner on the ecological, economic, consumer and safety issues associated with the fish farming industry, particularly in Scotland,” reported WWF. In 2005, he won the Roderick Haig-Brown BC Book Prize for “A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming” (co-authored with Alexandra Morton, Stephen Hume, Otto Langer, Betty Keller and Rosella Leslie).
Norway's state broadcaster NRK recently described him as a "hair in the soup of the global salmon farming industry" and in 2012 Intrafish dubbed him the salmon farming industry's "No. 1 enemy". EcoAmericas described him as “a man on a mission against sea-cage salmon farming” whilst the New Zealand Herald referred to him as “the fish farm bogeyman”.
Don Staniford is the author of "The One That Got Away: Marine Fish Farming in Scotland" (Friends of the Earth Scotland, 2001); "Sea Cage Fish Farming: an evaluation of environmental and public health impacts " (European Parliament, 2002); "Cage Rage" (The Ecologist, 2002), "A Big Fish In a Small Pond" (Terram, 2002); "Closing the Net on Sea Cage Fish Farming" (Queensland Conservation Council, 2003); "Silent Spring of the Sea" (Harbour Publishing, 2004); "Fish Farmageddon: The Infectious Salmon Aquacalypse" (GAAIA, 2011); "Five Fundamental Flaws of Sea Cage Fish Farming" (European Economic & Social Committee, 2014) and the forthcoming report "Smoke on the Water, Cancer on the Coast" (GAAIA, 2015).
For more information visit http://www.salmonfarmingkills.com
Read more via:
- European presentation now online!
- Censored: You Tube
- Censored: The Westerly News
- Statement following the Supreme Court of Canada dismissal
- To Whom Do I Write the Cheque?
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 15 January 2013
Prince Charles Challenged to Stand Up for King of Fish
HRH The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Westminster and Duke of Northumberland were today (15 January) challenged to stand up for wild fish in their roles as patron and presidents of the Salmon & Trout Association and Atlantic Salmon Trust. Following an exposé in The Sunday Times (“Anti-aquaculture body ‘aiding fish farm growth’”), a letter urging withdrawal from the ‘Managing Interactions Aquaculture Project’ (MIAP) has been sent from river owners and wild salmon advocates.
The letter asks groups including the Rivers & Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS), Fish Legal and the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards to “stop supporting the promotion of salmon farming on West coast Scottish sea lochs and start protecting wild salmon and sea trout”.
“The question is simple: do you support the protection of healthy wild salmon and sea trout populations or do you support yet more disease-ridden and sea lice-infested salmon farms in Scottish sea lochs?” asks the letter signed by Jenny Scobie of the Rhidorroch Estate, James Semple and Jon Gibb from Lochaber District Salmon Fishery Board and Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture. “The answer is simple too. All the scientific evidence including the recent Royal Society paper on sea lice infestation from salmon farms points to an incompatibility between healthy wild fish stocks and lice-infested salmon farms. You therefore have to make a choice – you cannot have both healthy wild fish and farmed salmon in nearby inshore pens. As supporters of wild fish, we think the wild fish lobby must do just that: lobby on behalf of wild fish not assist the PR machine of the Norwegian-owned Scottish salmon farming industry. Hence we are calling on you to stand up for healthy wild salmon and sea trout and withdraw your support for MIAP. Please follow the lead of Lochaber Fisheries Trust who withdrew their support for MIAP just last week.”
Read the letter in full online here
The Rivers & Trusts of Scotland together with the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards, Fish Legal, the Angling Trust, the Salmon & Trout Association (whose patron is HRH The Prince of Wales and whose president is the Duke of Northumberland) and the Atlantic Salmon Trust (whose patron is HRH The Prince of Wales and whose president is the Duke of Westminster) have all publicly pledged endorsement of salmon farming on the West coast of Scotland via their support for the Scottish government-funded MIAP (read a ‘Ministerial Briefing’ and ‘Policy Paper: Aquaculture’).
“The public have a right to expect that the wild fish lobby fights to protect wild salmon and sea trout and is not lobbying on behalf of the lice-infested salmon farming industry,” said Jenny Scobie of the Rhidorroch Estate. “To dare to dismiss some salmon rivers on the West coast of Scotland as expendable is a war cry that cannot go unanswered. Thankfully, there is a legion of wild salmon guardians rising up against the Scottish Government’s lethal policy of expansion. Opposition to salmon farms not collaboration with salmon farmers is the only way to save wild fish on the West coast of Scotland.”
“The wild fish lobby have gone MIA in their misguided support for the Managing Interactions Aquaculture Project,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture. “Supporters of so-called ‘wild fish’ lobby groups will be shocked to discover that these salmon sell-outs have deserted the protection of wild fish and are now promoting salmon farming expansion. The Prince of Wales should be ashamed of His Royal Highness for selling the King of Fish down the river to fuel the Chinese appetite for farmed salmon and fill the coffers of Norwegian companies. The shameful stance of HRH The Prince of Wales as an aquaculture apologist is effectively signing a royal death warrant for wild salmon and sea trout on the West coast of Scotland.”
Photo: Prince Charles in 2010 eating farmed salmon from Wester Ross Fisheries - a company caught by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency breaching pollution limits and fined £12,000 under the Control of Pollution Act in 2004 for polluting Loch Tollaidh in Wester Ross
“The Lochaber Fisheries Trust (LFT), which covers one of the most dense fish farming regions in Scotland, said it had refused to co-operate with RAFTS amid fears its research is flawed,” reported The Sunday Times (13 January 2013). “Diane Baum, the LFT’s senior biologist, said the trust initially backed the idea of locational guidance to ‘help steer fish farms away from the most sensitive areas’ but became concerned that the research is not sufficiently robust, in particular because the migration routes of young salmon and the dispersal of sea-lice from farms will not be considered.”
“Wild fish interests are coming increasing pressure from the Scottish Government to assess the risk of fish farms without proper data,” said Diane Baum, Lochaber Fisheries Trust’s senior biologist, in an interview with The Sunday Times (13 January 2013). “In our view, bad data are worse than no data. We have made a decision not to be part of it.”
Pressure is mounting on wild fish groups to publicly renounce their support for MIAP. Following the withdrawal of the Lochaber Fisheries Trust last week, a letter was sent yesterday from a board member of the Wester Ross Area Salmon Fishery Board (WRASFB) proposing that the WRASFB withdraw from MIAP. According to the Chairman of the WRASFB (14 January 2013): “RAFTS were informed yesterday of our decision to have the WRASFB name removed from the list of MIAPs supporters pending our formal conclusion.”
The withdrawal of WRASFB now leaves only 8 groups as ‘projects partners’ supporting MIAP although the RAFTS web-site still lists 10 groups including the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust, West Sutherland Fisheries Trust and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust (groups funded by salmon farming companies such as Marine Harvest, the Scottish Salmon Company and Loch Duart – and with representatives of salmon farming companies on the board).
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator is now investigating complaints against Wester Ross Fisheries Trust and the Rivers & Fisheries Trusts Scotland in relation to conflicts of interest with salmon farming companies (read more via The Sunday Herald’s: “Wild fish groups under investigation by charity watchdog”).
Read the press release – "Prince Charles Challenged to Stand Up for King of Fish" – online here
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 18 December 2012
Lice-Infested Irish Salmon Continued!
- Ireland’s Parasite Problems Exposed by ‘FishyLeaks’
Another leaked Government report reveals that Irish farmed salmon - including so-called 'organic' salmon farms - are breaching sea lice levels by over three times. Marine Harvest's salmon farm in Lough Swilly is so infested with parasitic sea lice that there are over 44 sea lice per farmed salmon whilst Mannin Bay's 'organic' salmon are infested with over 15 sea lice per farmed salmon!
The latest data (November 2012) compiled by the Marine Institute reveals that Marine Harvest is breaching the sea lice protocol level (set at 2 ovigerous - pregnant female - lice per farmed salmon) for the FIFTH month running.
Read November 2012 sea lice data in full online here
In October 2012 Marine Harvest’s feedlot in Lough Swilly was infested with 54 sea lice per fish – breaching the Irish Government’s protocol levels by almost five times along with Mannin Bay’s ‘organic’ salmon feedlot at Corhounagh. In September 2012, Marine Harvest’s feedlot in Mulroy Bay was infested with 58 sea lice per farmed salmon with Lough Swilly infested with a staggering 71 sea lice per farmed salmon (both over five times the Government’s sea lice protocol level)!
"Lice-infested Irish farmed salmon - including 'organic' salmon - should be avoided like the plague," said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) in a press release (18 December). "The Irish Government should be controlling sea lice infestation on salmon farms not promoting even bigger feedlots such as the proposed 15,000 tonne farm in Galway Bay. Join the boycott of farmed salmon and send a festive message to Marine Harvest that disease-ridden salmon does not belong on the Christmas menu."
GAAIA is now writing to the Irish Government, Marine Harvest and Mannin Bay Salmon asking why sea lice protocol levels are being flagrantly breached month after month - read GAAIA's letter (18 December) addressed to the Ireland's Fisheries Minister Simon Coveney online here
The Sunday Times Ireland reported (16 December):
"Gerry O’Donohue, of Mannin Bay Salmon, said sea lice were a problem for all fish farms. “We are very careful to ensure that we do everything possible to reduce the prevalence of sea lice in our salmon stocks. “We have learnt how to deal with sea lice. When high levels of sea lice are detected, we harvest the fish, as we are an organic farm and do not use chemicals,” he said.
Marine Harvest Ireland said its Irish operations were audited 14 times a year by officials from the Marine Institute. “We note that the control protocols in respect of sea lice operated by the Marine Institute on behalf of the state are more advanced than those operated in other jurisdictions, as the inspection regime is independent of the industry,” the company said.
“Data obtained as a result of inspections is published and treatment trigger levels are set at a low level. These controls are widely accepted as representing best practice internationally. Marine Harvest Ireland conforms fully with this leading pest control strategy. “We implement tried-and- tested operational procedures to control sea lice. On occasion, given certain climatic conditions, lice can be more prevalent and this has occurred this year as the reports clearly illustrate.”
The Marine Institute declined to comment."
The Irish Examiner reported (15 December):
"Marine Harvest last night defended the figures, saying sea lice control protocols in Ireland are “more advanced that those operated in other jurisdictions as the inspection regime is totally independent of the industry”. “These controls are widely accepted as representing best practice internationally. Marine Harvest Ireland conforms fully with this leading pest-control strategy. Given certain climatic conditions, lice can be more prevalent and this has occurred this year”.
“Best practice in fish farming is to optimise stock rotation and separation by having a greater number of sites. This is why we have applied for a licence application for Shot Head, to complement our existing facilities by enabling improved rotation of our fish stocks therefore implementing best practice with regard to lice control.”
Read a year’s data on sea lice infestation on Irish salmon farms via:
- November 2012: online here
- October 2012: online here
- September 2012: online here
- August 2012: online here
- July 2012: online here
- June 2012: online here
- May 2012: online here
- April 2012: online here
- March 2012: online here
- February 2012: online here
- December 2011 to January 2012: online here
For more details see below and visit FishyLeaks
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 11 December 2012
Lice-Infested Irish Salmon
- Ireland’s Parasite Problems Exposed by ‘FishyLeaks’
FishyLeaks today (11 December 2012) published leaked Government reports cataloguing sea lice infestation on Irish salmon farms. The damming data reveals that Marine Harvest’s feedlot in Lough Swilly was infested with 54 sea lice per fish in October 2012 – breaching the Irish Government’s protocol levels by almost five times along with Mannin Bay’s ‘organic’ salmon feedlot at Corhounagh. In September 2012, Marine Harvest’s feedlot in Mulroy Bay was infested with 58 sea lice per farmed salmon with Lough Swilly infested with a staggering 71 sea lice per farmed salmon (both over five times the Government’s sea lice protocol level)!
And for September 2012:
Read a year’s sea lice data in full online via FishyLeaks
“The public has a right to know that the Irish salmon farming industry is already being plagued by severe sea lice infestation,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA). “It is a policy of reckless abandon for the Irish Government to be sponsoring a new 15,000 tonne feedlot in Galway Bay – the world’s largest salmon farm which would double salmon farming production in Ireland. Sea lice infested Irish farmed salmon – including so-called ‘organic’ salmon - should be avoided like the plague.”
The revelations come in the wake of a scientific paper published by the Royal Society in November which concluded that sea lice from salmon farms are killing wild salmon. Minister of State with responsibility for Natural Resources Fergus O Dowd, TD, welcomed the report stating “from the results of this detailed study, it is crucial that sea lice levels are maintained below these protocol levels”. However, the latest ‘National Survey of Sea Lice on Fish Farms in Ireland – 2011’ published in February 2012 revealed that 50% of Irish salmon farms breached sea lice levels in 2011 compared to 40% in 2010 and 24% in 2009.
“The sea lice crisis is spiralling out of control,” continued Staniford. “No wonder the Marine Institute is desperately trying to keep a lid on the can of worms that is Irish salmon farming. Ireland is a law unto itself and is consistently flouting sea lice protocol levels despite a 2009 complaint to the European Commission by Salmon Watch Ireland. Shame on Ireland and shame on Norway which now controls over 60% of Irish salmon farming production via the Norwegian-owned multinational Marine Harvest.”
The leaked monthly sea lice reports include the following statement: “This data is supplied for the information of the recipient only and is not to be used, cited, or conveyed to third parties without the prior permission of the Marine Institute”. However last month, the Donegal News (30 November) reported on sea lice problems in Mulroy Bay and Lough Swilly. “They are intended for information only,” said a spokesperson for the Irish Government. “The full set of inspection results together with a detailed commentary is published annually and posted on the Marine Institute web-site.”
“As indicated in previous reports, the Irish operation has struggled with amoebic gill disease (AGD) for several months. Due to favourable conditions for the amoeba in the quarter, mortality losses and treatment costs were substantial in the period. Exceptional mortality in the amount of NOK 14 million was recognised in the quarter.”
Marine Harvest’s Q2 2012 report includes:
“Cost wise, feed and sea lice mitigation costs have increased compared to 2011. High mortality in the 2012 harvest generation influenced the cost level in the period and will increasingly do so going forward.”
Watch a video report from Marine Harvest’s operations in Mulroy Bay – online via “"Nature has struck back and said "No More!" - Noel Carr on Salmon Farms”
Read a year’s sea lice data in full online via FishyLeaks
- October 2012: online here
- September 2012: online here
- August 2012: online here
- July 2012: online here
- June 2012: online here
- May 2012: online here
- April 2012: online here
- March 2012: online here
- February 2012: online here
- December 2011 to January 2012: online here
Read the press release - "Lice-Infested Irish Salmon: Ireland’s Parasite Problems Exposed by ‘FishyLeaks’" - in full online here
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 19 November 2012
Fit for the Queen & Residents of Nova Scotia - Loch Duart’s Chlamydia-Contaminated Salmon?
North Uist, Outer Hebrides – 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. Disease data obtained from Marine Scotland via Freedom of Information reveals that Loch Duart’s operations in Lochmaddy were riddled with infectious diseases including Epitheliocystis (Chlamydia), Salmonid Alphavirus (Salmon Pancreas Disease Virus) and Vibrio species (Winter Ulcer). GAAIA has now written to Her Majesty the Queen, who served Loch Duart farmed salmon at her Diamond Jubilee, asking her to screen her farmed salmon for Chlamydia and other infectious diseases.
“I am writing to you from New Scotland, Nova Scotia, where Loch Duart is seeking to have licences on our Eastern Shore to install three eighteen hectare open pen salmon feedlots,” wrote Marike Findlay, President of the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore (APES). “We, the citizens of Nova Scotia, beseech you, the citizens of Scotland, to prevail upon your government not to allow Loch Duart to come to Nova Scotia to contaminate our waters. Pollution that severely damages our wild catch fisheries, our tourism industries, and our wild and pristine environment, is not the kind of diplomacy that needs to exist between the New and Old Scotlands.”
Disease data obtained from Marine Scotland via Freedom of Information in August 2012 reveals that Loch Duart’s operations in Lochmaddy were riddled with infectious diseases including Epitheliocystis (Chlamydia), Salmonid Alphavirus (Salmon Pancreas Disease Virus) and Vibrio species (Winter Ulcer) during the period April to July 2012.
In July 2012, following a FOI request, Marine Scotland also revealed that escapees from Loch Duart’s operations in Lochmaddy in December 2011 had “some Amoebic Gill Disease” (Read more via "Gill Diseases: Scottish Salmon's Dirty Big Secret").
In June 2012, Her Majesty the Queen and her guests at her Diamond Jubilee luncheon dined on farmed salmon from Loch Duart’s operations in the Uists. Last year, Loch Duart farmed salmon was on the menu for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace.
“Chlamydia-infected farmed salmon is not fit for the Queen’s corgis let alone the Royal Family,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) who will deliver the letter on behalf of APES. “Loch Duart markets itself around the world as ‘The Sustainable Salmon Company’ but if truth be told it should re-name itself ‘The Chlamydia Company’.”
“Loch Duart is a mange-ridden wolf in salmon’s clothing who has duped Her Majesty the Queen, Prince William, the Marine Conservation Society and some of the world’s top chefs including Rick Stein,” continued Staniford who visited Loch Duart’s operations in Lochmaddy yesterday (18 November). “The fact is that Loch Duart is a company which uses known shellfish-killing chemicals such as Teflubenzuron, Azamethiphos, Cypermethrin, Deltamethrin and Emamectin benzoate and has an appalling history of escapes. Chlamydia-infected farmed salmon from Loch Duart should be avoided like the plague.”
Read - "Fit for the Queen & Residents of Nova Scotia - Loch Duart’s Chlamydia-Contaminated Salmon?" - in full online here
More details online here
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 13 November 2012
Hebrides Against Salmon Farms Launched on Lewis!
Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides – A new campaign group uniting forces against salmon farming expansion on the West coast of Scotland is launched today (13 November) at a public meeting in Back near Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. ‘Hebrides Against Salmon Farms’ brings together local communities who are fighting salmon farms across the Western Isles.
International campaigners including Kurt Oddekalv of the Green Warriors of Norway, Elena Edwards of Wild Salmon First from Canada and Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture are in the Outer Hebrides visiting salmon farms in Loch Roag and around Harris.
“The island community of Gometra is unanimously opposed to salmon farming expansion,” said Roc Sandford who is fighting plans by the Scottish Salmon Company to expand around the Isle of Mull. “I think we all need to link together because at the moment we’re getting picked off one by one. Hebrides Against Salmon Farms is the logical next step.”
“A very strong, local community campaign fought off plans for a new salmon farm in Broad Bay,” said Peter Urpeth, who is also launching a new local campaign group on Lewis & Harris. “This was the first time a salmon farm application had been turned down on the Isle of Lewis, but we need to stay vigilant and not let our guard down.”
“Skye Waters Against Fish Farming (SWAFF) was officially launched as a campaign of the organisation ‘The Larger Picture’ last week at a public meeting on Skye,” said Arthur Sevestre who is speaking at tonight’s meeting and spoke at a meeting in Ullapool last night. “We’re now connecting with other local groups to raise public awareness to the threats posed by salmon farms. There are over a dozen applications for new farms in the waters around Skye with many more across Scotland. Connecting with other groups means that we can work in a united and organised way on the issue nationally and even globally rather than allowing the mighty corporations to pitch battles with small communities with very limited resources.”
“The campaign is going viral like the spread of infectious diseases on salmon farms,” said Don Staniford of GAAIA. “Global opposition against salmon farming is taking hold in Canada, Chile, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand as well as Scotland. Green warriors of the world are uniting against Norwegian multinationals such as Marine Harvest who are benefiting shareholders in Norway not local communities who depend upon a healthy marine environment.”
“May the global voices for wild salmon unite to deliver the message to Norway that Norwegian salmon farms are not welcome and must go!” said Elena Edwards of Wild Salmon First who is visiting from Canada. “Traveling thousands of miles throughout the oceans and seas, wild salmon know no borders. Unfortunately, neither does the salmon farming industry and the diseases that come with it. The spread of this predominantly Norwegian owned industry is going to require a united multi-national effort to ensure that salmon farming does not bring the final death blow to wild salmon of the world.”
“There is a global backlash against Norwegian corporations farming salmon in Canada, Chile, Scotland, Ireland, Norway and all over the world where Norwegian farmed salmon is sold,” said Kurt Oddekalv. “We must all stand together to fight this disease-ridden industry. Wild salmon warriors of the world must unite and the Green Warriors of Norway will be leading the way.”
GAAIA and Wild Salmon First have been touring around Scotland all November and will be joining Save Our Seals Fund in Edinburgh on 21 November for a protest against the killing of seals by salmon farms. On 22 November, the tour moves to Ireland for a public meeting in Bantry Bay (23 November) and then a visit to Galway Bay where the Irish Government are proposing a 15,000 tonne “organic” salmon farm (for a full itinerary please visit online here).
Don Staniford: 07771 541 826
Kurt Oddekalv: +47 90 89 22 68
Watch videos on our trip around Scotland online here
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 6 November 2012
Skyfall for Scottish Salmon!
- Chlamydia & Gill Diseases Go Viral in Scotland
Isle of Mull, Scotland – A dossier of data obtained via Freedom of Information reveals that Scottish salmon farming is being ravaged by infectious diseases led by the parasitic killers Amoebic Gill Disease, Proliferative Gill Inflammation and Chlamydia: "Gill Diseases: Scottish Salmon's Dirty Big Secret". Now a former public relations director of the salmon farming company first affected by gill diseases has blown the whistle stating that she was “not prepared to lie to journalists about the extent of the mortalities” .
The Scottish salmon farming industry – which is over 65% owned by Norwegian companies and Norwegian banks - is now paying a hefty price. The Scottish Salmon Company, Marine Harvest and Scottish Sea Farms are suffering mass mortalities of up to 70%. Marine Harvest and the Scottish Salmon Company – both listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange – reported significant losses to shareholders and investors in their financial reports. Marine Harvest, Scotland’s and the world’s largest salmon farming company, predicted further losses in Q4 2012 as gill diseases eat into profits .
“The sky is falling on the Scottish salmon farming industry,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) who is visiting salmon farms on the Isle of Skye later this week (7-9 November). “Scottish salmon is farmed and diseased. Lamlash Bay on the Isle of Arran is ‘ground zero’ with reports of infectious gill diseases since 2007. Since then Amoebic Gill Disease has spread like a malignant cancer along the coast of Scotland from Argyll to Orkney and from Skye to the Western Isles.”
“There were these photographs of bins full of stinking dead salmon with maggots all over them,” said Alison Prince, editor of the Voice for Arran (formerly Arran Voice), in an interview (3 November) in front of the Scottish Salmon Company’s site in Lamlash Bay. “We published them in the Arran Voice which caused a bit of a stushie.”
“But we never got any satisfaction out of the company about what happened,” continued Prince who is a screenwriter and author including the children’s cult classic 'Trumpton'. “We tried our very best to find out what the disease and what was going on but there was dead silence about it. So it’s a bit of a mystery really.”
Photo: Alison Prince, editor of Voice for Arran and author of 'Trumpton', with Don Staniford
Listen to the interview in full online here
“I find it impossible to believe that this is not the same disease which killed a large number of fish at Pan Fish’s Arran site a number of years ago (and indeed was the cause of my parting company with them, as I was not prepared to lie to journalists like Nick Underdown about the extent of the mortalities),” wrote Fiona Cameron (a PR consultant and former spokesperson for Pan Fish and Lighthouse Caledonia at the time of the 2007-2008 disease outbreak at the Lamlash Bay site) following an article on AGD in The Daily Mail (14 October 2012). “Not sure why they’re saying it’s a new phenomenon. I guess they don’t want to frighten the horses (a.k.a. the shareholders!).”
Official data from the Scottish Government reveals that Amoebic Gill Disease was first reported at Lamlash Bay in October 2011 killing 279,000 farmed salmon. By April 2012 the deadly disease had spread to 15 sites including Loch Roag in the Western Isles, the Firth of Lorne, Seil Sound, the Sound of Mull, Loch Kishorn, the Isle of Gigha and the Orkney Isles . GAAIA has now filed a FOI with Marine Scotland requesting disease data from April to November 2012.
Read more via "Gill Diseases: Scottish Salmon's Dirty Big Secret"
For more details on GAAIA’s tour of Scotland including an itinerary please visit Flying the Flag for Wild Salmon in Scotland & Ireland
Watch video reports on our visit to Scotland:
“Unnecessary Seal Deaths – Mark Carter Explains” (GAAIA, 6 November)
“Salmon Farming Kills Seals!” (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)
Don Staniford: +44 7771 541826 and firstname.lastname@example.org
www.gaaia.org and www.salmonfarmingkills.com
Notes to Editors:
 Following an article on Amoebic Gill Disease in The Daily Mail (14 October 2012), Fiona Cameron (a PR consultant and former spokesperson for Pan Fish and Lighthouse Caledonia at the time of the 2007-2008 disease outbreak at the Lamlash Bay site) emailed GAAIA and the Salmon & Trout Association:
 Marine Harvest’s Q3 2012 presentation (26 October) included:
Read more via Marine Harvest's Salmonopoly Loss - Q3 $$$$$s drop 86%!”
The Scottish Salmon Company – which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and whose shareholders include a who’s who of Norwegian banks - disclosed to investors via their Q2 2012 financial report in August 2012:
 Reported cases of AGD (October 2011 to April 2012) as detailed by Marine Scotland in September 2012 via a Freedom of Information request from GAAIA (read the FOI documents in full online here):
 Data disclosed by Marine Scotland in September 2012 following a Freedom of Information request by GAAIA detailed a sordid disease history at the Lamlash Bay salmon farm including Chlamydia, Amoebic Gill Disease, gill problems and Epitheliocistis:
Read in full online here
Photos disclosed by Marine Scotland reveal disease problems at Lamlash Bay throughout 2012:
Read the disease documents in full online here
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 28 September 2012
Judgment Day in Salmon Farming Kills Lawsuit
- Norwegian Government-Owned Cermaq Vs. Don Staniford
Madame Justice Elaine Adair’s judgment will be available from 10.30am (Pacific Standard Time) today (Friday 28 September) via the Supreme Court of British Columbia – online here
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:
Read Cermaq's 'Amended Notice of Civil Claim' - online here
“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’,” said Don Staniford following the 20-day trial in February. “It’s a sad but simple fact that Norwegian-owned salmon farming kills all over the globe: whether it is the killing of sea lions in British Columbia; the deaths of workers in Chile; the slaughter of seals in Scotland or the devastation of wild salmon at home in Norway.”
“Norway now rivals China in its abuse of freedom of speech and the Draconian measures sought to suppress dissent,” continued Staniford. “The Norwegian Government, via their state ownership of Cermaq, is abusing the Canadian courts to muzzle global criticism of Norwegian-owned salmon farming. Norway’s reputation as a champion of free speech now lies in the gutter along with the Nobel Peace Prize it awarded in 2010 to the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Shame on Norway, shame on Cermaq!”
Speaking after the end of the 20-day trial, David Sutherland (legal counsel for Don Staniford) said:
“We need to create a separate cause of action, which does not have the adverse presumptions of defamation that protect the reputations of individual people but forces the corporation to, in fact, prove the sorts of damages and other criteria that are involved in the court of injurious falsehood.”
On the first day of the trial (16 January 2012), a police officer and officer from the Canadian Border Services Agency visited the court to inform Mr. Staniford he would be deported. Following the trial, Mr. Staniford was deported from Canada and moved immediately to Norway to “slay the dragon in its own lair”.
“Staniford began his journey back to Europe in the same over-the-top theatrical style that inflamed his targets: He arrived at Vancouver International Airport clad in an orange Guantanamo Bay-like jump suit and fake, rubber chains,” reported Global TV (5 March).
“The Canadian government chose to intimidate me on day one of my court case by turning up at the courtroom in a very public and calculated display of police force, yet, when deporting me, they were embarrassed by the orange jumpsuit and chose to whisk me out of public sight,” said Staniford in an interview with The Times Colonist (1 March).
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 26 September 2012
Staniford Testifies to Salmon Inquiry in New Zealand
Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture testifies today (4pm New Zealand Standard Time) to the New Zealand King Salmon Board of Inquiry via a conference call from Europe (read today’s hearing schedule online here). King Salmon (owned by Malaysia’s Tiong family and private equity firm Direct Capital) is seeking to build nine new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds. On Saturday (29 September), Guardians of the Sounds is organizing a flotilla protest against King Salmon’s expansion plans.
“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 of GAAIA in his testimony. “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.”
“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.”
GAAIA submitted a formal objection in April 2012 – along with 800 other stakeholders including Guardians of the Sounds and Marlborough District Council.
Don Staniford, an award-winning campaigner and author, visited King Salmon’s operations in the Marlborough Sounds back in 2003 and was alarmed even then at the scale of their operations (read more online here and here). The New Zealand Herald dubbed Mr. Staniford “the fish farm bogeyman”.
Read more details via “New Zealand’s King-Sized Salmon Problem”
Read more details on the New Zealand King Salmon Board of Inquiry online here
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 13th December 2011
DFO Crime Scene
- Salmon Secrets Prompt Citizen's Arrest of Scientists
Nanaimo, B.C. – Wild Salmon Warriors at High Noon today will stage a citizen’s arrest of Government officials outside DFO’s Pacific Biological Station for non-disclosure of ISA. The charges relate to a recently leaked 2004 report co-authored by DFO’s Dr. Simon Jones and Dr. Garth Traxler detailing over 100 positive tests for ISA in farmed Atlantic salmon and wild Pacific salmon. Other protests are taking place today outside DFO offices in Tofino and Lillooet – and tomorrow in Victoria – as part of an ‘Action Week for Wild Salmon’.
“The Canadian Government have abjectly failed in their international obligations to report a deadly ‘Listed’ disease to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Cohen Commission and international community,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA). “Protecting the Norwegian-owned Atlantic salmon farming industry rather than wild Pacific salmon is criminal. Heads must roll including the head of DFO’s Pacific Biological Station, DFO’s Pacific Region Director of Science and the Minister of Fisheries. All DFO scientists and officials responsible for covering up ISA ought to hang their heads in shame, apologize to the public and resign immediately.”
“Someone should be going to jail over this,” said John Werring of the David Suzuki Foundation on reading the secret DFO report (as quoted in the LA Times). “Never in my over 20 years of doing my work have I seen such duplicity by our government” (more details via ‘Fishyleaks’).
In April, protestors cordoned off DFO’s offices in Vancouver as a ‘Crime Scene’ and performed a mock citizen’s arrest of Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea (watch video online here and here).
Last month (October 31), GAAIAwrote to the Canadian Government detailing “A History of Incompetence, Silence and Arrogance”. The letter (download online here) included:
“It is becoming abundantly clear that the Canadian Government and the Norwegian-owned salmon farming companies who control 92% of B.C.’s salmon farms have blood on its hands in relation to the spread of the European genotype of ISA to wild salmon in British Columbia – and potentially beyond the borders of Canada into Washington, Alaska, Russia, Japan, Oregon and California.....GAAIA alleges that the Canadian Government - as represented by various agencies including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) - are guilty of incompetence, silence and arrogance as well as negligence. In terms of the latter, GAAIA has consulted with a lawyer with a view to a private prosecution or lawsuit related to mischief, breach of public trust and/or malfeasance.”
This letter was sent BEFORE the damning revelations in November via ‘Fishyleaks’ – and before the Cohen Commission’s ISA hearings taking place in Vancouver on December 15, 16 & 19. DFO officials testifying to the Cohen Commission include Dr. Simon Jones, Mrs. Nellie Gagné, Dr. Kristi Miller, Dr. Peter Wright and Mr. Stephen Stephen.
Don Staniford: email@example.com (email to schedule a phone conversation)
More details via:
“Fishyleaks: Canadian Cover-Up on Infectious Salmon Virus - Leaked report reveals over 100 positive ISA cases in farmed and wild salmon” (November 30)
“Chronology of a Cover-Up in Canada: ISA in British Columbia” (November 25)
“ISA – Diary of Disease Disaster” (October 2011)
“Fish Farmageddon – The Infectious Salmon Aquacalypse” (August 2011)
Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 31st October 2011
Nightmare on Fraser River
- Deadly disease found in coho opens floodgates to legal action
Sointula, British Columbia – A second case of the deadly disease Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) was reported last week in coho salmon from Weaver Creek in the Fraser River watershed. The positive test was reported by the World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) Reference Laboratory to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on October 20. Last week, lawyers representing the Canadian Government submitted details to the Cohen Commission – read the ‘Internal’ documents online here.
“There will be hell to pay for allowing ISA into British Columbia,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA). “It’s a living nightmare that such a deadly disease has spread to coho salmon in the Fraser River following the positive tests in sockeye salmon on the Central Coast over 500 km away. The nightmare news is enough to make you scream blue murder.
GAAIA is now considering legal action against the Government and the Norwegian-owned salmon farming industry for allowing the European strain of ISA into B.C. The Provincial and Federal Government have clearly been negligent and derelict in their duty to protect wild fish. The industry and Government will need a water-tight insurance policy to compensate First Nations, fishermen and all those communities who depend upon healthy wild salmon.”
GAAIA alleges that the Canadian Government - as represented by various agencies including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) - are guilty of incompetence, silence and arrogance as well as negligence. In terms of the latter, GAAIA has consulted with a lawyer with a view to a private prosecution or lawsuit related to mischief, breach of public trust and/or malfeasance. GAAIA today wrote to the Minister of Fisheries (Keith Ashfield), the Minister of Agriculture (Gerry Ritz) and BC Minister of Agriculture (Don McRae) – download letter online here.
“Close the border and close the disease-ridden salmon feedlots operating in B.C. waters,” said Staniford. “The people of ‘Super-natural British Columbia’ want healthy wild Pacific salmon not disease-ridden Atlantic salmon feedlots. The spread of ISA to wild sockeye and coho salmon is the last nail in the coffin for B.C.’s beleaguered salmon farming industry. Norwegian companies – who now control 92% of B.C.’s salmon farms - have lost their social licence to operate.”
Read the documents online via ‘Fishyleaks’: http://www.superheroes4salmon.org/fishyleaks
More details online here
Read more details via the GAAIA reports "ISA: Diary of Disease Disaster" and "Fish Farmageddon: The Infectious Salmon Aquacalypse" - online here
Monday 31st January 2011
Salmon Farming Kills
– Global Health Warning Issued on Farmed Salmon
Vancouver, British Columbia - The newly-formed Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture(GAAIA) this week launched a smoking hot international campaign against Big Aquaculture. ‘Salmon Farming Kills’ employs similar graphic imagery to the ‘Smoking Kills’ campaigns against Big Tobacco and warns of the dangers of salmon farming. Next month (February), GAAIA will issue a new report on salmon - ‘Smoke on the Water, Cancer on the Coast’ - followed by reports on shrimp, tuna and GE fish.
“Salmon farming kills around the world and should carry a global health warning,” said Don Staniford, global coordinator for GAAIA in British Columbia. “As good global citizens we need to face the fact that salmon farming seriously damages human health, the health of our global ocean and the health of wild fish. Salmon farming is spreading in Norway, Chile, Scotland, Canada, Ireland, the Faroes, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and now in Russia like a malignant cancer on our coasts. Quit salmon farming now and help stub out farmed salmon from the face of our precious planet.”
“Expensive PR campaigns promoting farmed salmon as ‘safe’ and ‘sustainable’ serve only to raise the alarm that salmon farms harm,” said Kurt Oddekalv, leader of Norges Miljøvernforbund (Green Warriors of Norway) in Norway. “Salmon farmers are shooting themselves in the foot by denying peer-reviewed scientific evidence detailing human health and environment risks. Here in Norway the industry is on death row with infectious diseases, sea lice infestations, chemical resistance, escapes and depleted fish feed issues looming as the last nails in the coffin.”
“By draining our Southeast Pacific oceans of wild fish for feed, Norwegian-owned salmon farmers are robbing Pedro to pay John and stealing fish out of the mouths of Latin Americans,” said Juan Carlos Cardenas, a veterinary doctor and Director of Ecoceanos in Chile. “This lethal industry has been responsible for the deaths of divers and sixty four workers as well as hundreds of sea lions and other marine birds and mammals. The bad practices of Norwegian companies operating here in Chile provoked the most important sanitary, environmental and social crisis in the south Chilean coastal regions where 20,000 jobs have been destroyed during the last three years. The industry has blood on their hands and ought to hang their heads in shame.”
“If the fish farmers want to play the same game as the cigarette manufacturers did for many years and live in denial they’re welcome to it but it’s not going to give rise to any solutions,” said Canadian biologist Otto Langer (quoted in the documentary film Farmed Salmon Exposed: The Global Reach of the Norwegian salmon farming industrywhich was screened in Paris during last year’s Seafood Summit and at film festivals around the world).
“I would never feed a child farmed salmon,” said Canadian scientist David Suzuki (as quoted in The Toronto Star). “It’s poison!"
GAAIA 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.
Don Staniford, global coordinator for GAAIA is attending the Seafood Summit - ‘Responsibility Without Borders?’ – in Vancouver (31 January – 2 February).
For more details on GAAIA please visit: www.gaaia.org
For more details on ‘Salmon Farming Kills’ including photos please visit: http://www.gaaia.org/salmon-farming-kills
Don Staniford, global coordinator for the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA): firstname.lastname@example.org (+1 604 787 3390 in Vancouver; and +44 7502 487613 – in UK)
Juan Carlos Cardenas, Director of Ecoceanos: +56-2-2053855 (in Chile)
Kurt Oddekalv, Leader of Norges Miljøvernforbund (Green Warriors of Norway): +47 90 89 22 68 and +47 917 04 361 (in Norway)