Environmental collapse in the oceans and rivers

Debugging increases the risks of cancer

Recent and earlier research yields clear indications that the drugs which are now being used by the Norwegian aquaculture to rid farmed fish of their parasites, leads to potentially carcinogenic agents in fish both within and outside the fish farms. Up to 10% of the hazardous agents can remain in the fish. Consumption of the fish can transfer the risks of cancer to humans.

Salmon mafia runs the Norwegian aquaculture industry

The Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, and the Director of Fisheries, Liv Holmefjord, are Norway’s top political and public administrative authority figures. Many people are therefore surprised that these two women at the same time have ownership interests worth many millions in the industry. No other Norwegian business is publicly managed by two people that sit on both sides of the table to such an extent. It is probably impossible to get any closer to a case where the fox has been left to guard the geese. The fact that the aquaculture industry has great power in Norway is above all possible reasonable doubt. A tiny number of actors dominate the industry, and the bonds between fish farmers, public authorities and elite politicians are strong. No wonder that in many cases, they are referred to as the Norwegian salmon mafia.

Disaster for salmon fishing in Norway

Most Norwegian salmon rivers are either being closed or will be subject to a reduced season of fishing because of the lack of increase of wild fish. Parasites kill the juveniles of wild fish. Escaped farmed fish and the fish farming industry’s spreading of parasites have brought this on. But the Norwegian aquaculture industry and public authorities deuce their hands and look the other way.

Millions of farmed fish on the run

In 2009, 22 incidents of salmon and rainbow trout escaping from Norwegian fish farms were reported. According to official figures, 156 000 farmed salmon and 133 000 rainbow trout was reported missing. But the dark figures are considerably higher. Based on large amounts of farmed fish caught in places where escaping hadn’t been reported, there is reason to believe that as many as 3 million farmed fish managed to escape in 2009. In addition to the general unreported escaping, the industry’s own reports show that a minimum of 2.5 million juvenile salmon escape every year.

The farmed fish are being mistreated

Greedy fish farmers break the law and expose the fish to large stresses when far too many fish are crammed together in the fish cages. Fish who lose their fins and carry open wounds is a part of fish farming history that people do not hear about. A desire for ever greater profits takes precedence over concerns for the fish’s health, living conditions and natural needs. No other Norwegian industry operates a more lawless and reprehensible livestock farming than the industrial aquaculture. Fish are covered by the Act on Animal Welfare, and it is well documented that fish feel pain, fear and stress. 

Fish farms are similar to large pigsties.

The emissions coming from a large fish farm can actually be compared to the emissions coming from a pig farm containing 60 000 individuals, ready for slaughter. Food spillage and fish faeces are released from the open fish farms directly into the sea. This matter is then eaten by wild fish, which become deformed and degenerated. On average, 15 different species or a total number of more than 10 tons of wild fish forage under and around the fish farms.

Draining the ocean of wild fish

In order to feed up 1 kg of farmed salmon, the aquaculture industry uses between 2.5 and 5.5 kilograms of wild fish, and more than half of the raw material in fish pellets is adequate and nutritious human food. Industrial farming of fish-eating fish is incredibly resource-intensive and clears the ocean of wild fish. This has already resulted in dramatic declines in sea bird populations along the Norwegian coast.

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