Friday, 15 December 2017

The Law on Blood Water Discharge

You would think that with 90% of farmed fish having PRV and other possible pathogens that fish farms and processing centres should be banned from shedding them into the ocean. They should be prevented from doing so, another reason for being on land.

West Coast Environmental Law has done a post that examines the provincial and federal laws in BC. See:

There are plenty of links in this one to take you directly to the laws, so take advantage of this one for your records, when fish farms trot out their we are clean and healthy spin. Say, not so fast slim, there are many problems with the law and you are gushing feces, food waste, pathogens, lice, pieces of rotting fish and so on, because the laws are deficient.

So, what is the case under the Fisheries Act? This: "The federal Fisheries Act prohibits unauthorized deposits of blood and other biological substances into the water (which likely qualify as "deleterious substances" under the Act), except when they come from fish farms directly. Under the Aquaculture Activities Regulation, fish farms can deposit fish blood and other matter (such as fish feed and feces) directly into the sea,"

On pathogens like PRV and its disease HSMI, WCEL says: "Both fish farms and fish processing facilities must monitor fish and fish blood for disease. So why is it legal to discharge bloodwater that contains PRV, despite the fact that it has been linked to HSMI?

Although discarding diseased fish parts into the water is prohibited under the federal Health of Animals Act and its regulations, PRV and HSMI are not listed as reportable diseases under the Act. So it appears that under the current regulations, it is legal to discharge fish processing water that contains instances of this virus."

And under the provincial rules? This:  "Though the [provincial] permit does not name the procedures that the company should follow, the practice captured in Tavish’s footage [the blood water video] may violate the 1975 non-legally binding Fish Processing Operations Liquid Effluent Guidelines, which restrict the discharge of bloodwater and require treatment of contaminated process water."

And, the current case on DFO needing to prevent PRV getting into the water when smolts are transferred in, or growing with PRV: "Scientist Alexandra Morton and Ecojustice are in court with the federal government arguing that the government has been acting illegally by issuing licences allowing the transfer of farmed salmon without testing for the virus."

And, Horgan started an investigation into BCMAL, the disease testing lab in BC: "A month ago the BC government launched a review of the Province’s animal testing laboratory which conducts diagnostic testing on farmed salmon."

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Fin Donnelly Poll to Get Fish Farms Out of the Ocean

This post is self explanatory. Please help Fin fund his survey.


Please use my donation for the survey, not into general revenue.

You would like to know that I have found 200 on-land fish farm systems, comprising 20,000 actual on-land fish farms around the world. Tell LeBlanc et al that in-ocean is a dying breed. Norway is fed up with Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg Seafood and stopped issuing in-ocean licences in 2014. Now it gives out on-land licences for free, a $9- to $12-million subsidy based on the former auction price. Let’s do the same.

Alaska, Oregon and California forbid fish farms. After the Cooke spill in Washington, legislation to achiive the same has been brought in. In BC, Sooke and Victoria have refused to have fish farms.

Atlantic Sapphire coming on stream in Florida USA, at 150,000mt will likely destroy the Canadian industry, for transportion cost reasons and consumer preference. Hasta la Vista Norwegian-style destroyers of world oceans.

If you ever want to talk with me on this subject, let me know. I doubt there are many people who know more about the global fish farm industry than I do.

Oh, and tell LeBlanc/Trudeau that they should put a fish farm in the Rideau Canal beside the Parliament Buildings, and a mega-farm of 2 million in the Ottawa River below and see how long it is before they hate fish farms, too.

DC Reid

From: Fin Donnelly, MP []
Sent: December 14, 2017 12:38 PM
To: Dennis C. Reid <

Subject: Wild salmon poll
Dear Dennis C.,
Momentum to #SaveWildSalmon is growing as activists from coast to coast are demanding the removal of open net salmon farms from our oceans.

The Washington State salmon farm escapes, the W5 expose, the ‘Blood Pipe’ video, and the occupation of two open net salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago has increased public awareness and has definitely helped our campaign to #SaveWildSalmon

In 2018, we need to keep the pressure on - and with your help, we can do just that!  I plan to raise $5,000 to conduct a wild salmon poll in key Liberal MP ridings to raise awareness on this important issue.

Please help turn this plan into action by making a tax receiptable contribution today.

This year I continued to call on the Federal government to transition harmful open net salmon farms to safe closed containment. With each question I asked the Minister, the more public awareness grew. They are feeling the pressure and are more open to taking meaningful action.

Please make donation today to  help us fund our wild salmon poll. Donations up to $400 are tax receiptable by 75% and you will receive your credit in a few short months.

Together, we can help secure a healthy future for wild salmon and the people who depend on them.


Fin Donnelly
Member of Parliament
Port Moody-Coquitlam
(Anmore and Belcarra)
New Democrat Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard

PS - If you would like to contribute by cheque, please make the cheque payable to the Port Moody Coquitlam NDP and the address is:

Port Moody-Coquitlam NDP
c/o Anne Ladouceur
1901-400 Capilano Road
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Monday, 11 December 2017

BAD NEWS BITES - Salmon/Seafood Industry - Updated Dec 14, 2017

I receive almost 30 global press fish farm/seafood industry newsletters every week. In these, I have found a startling amount of bad news, and decided to do a post on it. I had no idea there was as much bad news as there is.

I am at my seventh post. In little more than two years, I have found 2500 BAD NEWS BITES. Some days I am stunned by the amount of bad news in the fish farm/seafood industry.  Find the fifth BAD NEWS BITES post here: And that reaches 2,000.

This is the link to the fourth post, Jan 14, 2017, it has 500 BAD NEWS BITES in it: it has links to the previous three posts since July 2015. You can find earlier ones at these links.

Here is a summary of the bad news stories:

"In one mouthful, here are the kind of stories I am finding: boom bust industry, billions made and lost, crisis in lice and disease, bankruptcy, workers fired, executives jumping company to company, dividing big bonuses, fraud, corruption, litigation, conflict of interest with government and scientists, using the ocean as a free open sewer – $10.4 Billion in BC alone, killing of whales, seals and sea lions – more than 12,000 in BC so far, slavery, unpaid labour, taxpayers paying millions for diseased, dead fish – $177 Million in Canada, dueling scientists, weakening of laws, unsustainable feed, illegal fishing, jail sentences, disasters in Norway, Scotland, Chile, Canada, bullying of scientists, governments and anyone critical of their business, cartels, collusion, price fixing, fishing down the food chain to Antarctic krill, carcinogens and persistent organic pollutants, fluoroquinolones, chicken feathers in feed, animal feces in feed, eutrophication in a time of global warming, Malachite Green fungicide in USA seafood, fake industry awards, all the wild salmon in the Pacific ocean, more than a billion, put in peril... it goes on."

Update, Dec 11, 2017: I have found 500 BAD NEWS BITES in less than 3.5 months. That means well over 1000 in a year. That is how much bad news there is in fish farms/seafood industry. This post, the sixth, may be found here:

Now, the new BAD NEWS BITES: 


32. Disease - PRV Affects Wild Salmon - BC, Morton/Routledge paper:

31. Bust - Thailand, shrimp down 50,000mt after too much rain:

30. Boom - Seafood Technology Group sees 'fantastic upside' in two Irish salmon farms:

29. Protest - surfers against Tassal fish farm, Tasmania:

28. Litigation - Grieg goes to court over project shut down:

27. Disease - ISA, Marine Harvest, Norway, Rogaland:

26. Officials Indicted - Philipines, Alliance Select:

25. Aggressive Acquisition - Marine Harvest in Atlantic Canada, make or break for them:

24. Disease - PRV in BC wild salmon, from fish farms:

23.  Disease - smoked fish recalled over listeria, USA:

22.  Boom - Petuna, $54M expansion into Storm Bay, Tasmania:

21. Massive Catch Underreporting - Thailand, fishing in other nation's waters:

20. Boom - India, shrimp output to double by 2022, to almost $7Billion:

19. Cooke, Water Violations, Fined - WA:

18. Disease - hepatitis A, Vietnam tuna:

17. Slavery Victims in UK - trawlers:

16.  Fish Farms Infect PRV onto Wild Salmon - BC:

15. Litigation - conflict government in court, appealing decision requiring environmental assessment, Placentia Bay, NL:

14. 'Catastrophic Failure' - demand to close fish farms, Scotland, River Awe, lowest number since 1964, 480:

13. Litigious Industry - China, huge fish farms, building company, $1.5B case:

12. Cooke Atlantics 40 Miles up Skagit River:

11.  DNA Used to Assess Sewage Under Fish Farms - Germany:

10. Fraser Sockeye Terribly Low - could lose MSC certification:

9. Burning Dead Fish Farm Fish - for electricity, vegans in uproar:

8. Close Fish Farms - Scotland, due to wild salmon collapse:

7. Legislation to Ban Fish Farms - WA: Here is the usual communications spin that fish farms use all over the world: "Nell Halse, spokeswoman for Cooke Aquaculture, said in an email to The Seattle Times that the company is “committed to operating our facilities in a safe and responsible manner to help supply global demand for healthy protein and bring jobs, tax revenue and other economic benefits to the Pacific Northwest.” “We welcome the opportunity to meet with the Representatives to address their concerns and hope that any proposed legislation will be based on sound science.” Note the jobs and revenue claim, and sound science. What they mean is offering politicians what they salivate over, jobs/money, and the manipulation of science. Any jurisdiction that goes the science route is in for a several decade ride while wild stocks disappear, and the people become overwhelmingly angry with in ocean fish farms. One more thing, there have been four large escapes in WA: "There have been four major Atlantic salmon escapes from net pen farms since 1996."

6. Marine Harvest Bullies Govt - Norway, didn't get as many tech licences as it wanted for 'donut':

5. Low Employment in Feed Company in Tasmania - Biomar, 55 jobs:

4. Land Based Investors Looking for Investments - Devonian Capital, formed by investors and former Anglesey Aquaculture MD

3. Boom - Massive Potential in US - Cermaq:

2. Krill Mass Death - Cermaq Unreported Lice Treatment, Norway:

1. Crisis in Wild Salmon - Scotland, from fish farm lice, etc: