The Norwegian state allows a american company, fmc biopolymers – from a group of companies with long records of environmental poisoning, and destruction, fraud and price fixing cartels, and production of chemicals responsible for the wholesale destruction of animals worldwide, to scrape areas of the coastline bare of the plant responsible for cleaning the sea.
The Tare tråwlers have been active outside Hustadvika since last october – we have filmed them in apparently the same places over and over – the idea is clearly to remove all – that is every plant – from the seabed. This cannot be under any circumstances regarded as anything but environmental vandalism.
We have papers that reveal ephphytes take at least 6 to 9 years to grow back – the forests are harvested every 4 to 5 years or less – so that means there is very little natural life in the seawed forests – filming the rocks in the area reveals very few barnacles – the rocks should be covered – filming the seaweed stalks that have fallen overboard from the trawlers or simply been left reveals the stalks nearly empty of any kind of epiphyte – we saw nothing living on the seaweed stalks we examined – there was a great amount washed up.
We have papers that say that if the amount of epiphytes on the stalks is diminished then taretråling must stop – it is clear they are – it is clear that the cod fish in the area are sick – time for a closer examination of the effects this continuous destruction of the seaweed forests is having !!!
It is evident that taretråling is not being thoroughly examined internationally – the removal worldwide of this plant and others like it must be having an effect – biologists and marine biologists seem to be unable to act – is it really up to little groups like stopptt to do something about it – riight next stop polititians to see if they can and are willing.
So we know that seaweed cleans the sea, it oxygenates the waters and removes co2. We have papers revealing how much nitrogen and phosphate it removes from the water – other papers detail the removal of toxins and substances such as tnt.
Recent fishing expeditions out of Hustad,where there has been very heavy taretråling this year and last, and even a succesful prosecution – the first in Norway for harvesting illegaly – have produced a catch of unusual cod – the trip before the same – going back for many months. The livers of these cod are black, green or in some cases nearly non existant
liver from a cod caught at hustadvika
Local people have told us that the council dumps sewage from septic tanks into the sea at Hustad, that the outflow from the village is also by Farstadstrand – just where the taretrålers have been.
Science is used as an excuse to allow large scale depredation of our natural world for short term gain for a few powerful individuals.
We see it everywhere. From fracking to shale oil to pollution.
With seaweed harvesting the science says this: We do not know the long term effects of large scale removal of seaweed from the sea.
Further it says that we have been doing it for a long time and so far no one has been able to provide any scientific proof of environmental damage.
That is in fact the reverse of good science – the sole company concerned with large scale harvesting on the Norwegian coast belongs to a group of companies that have been found guilty of nearly every crime a major company can possibly be found guilty of. Right from fraud,pricefixing cartels to major ecological damage.
I say this – there are major changes in all the worlds oceans – they have been significantly noticable i the last 25 years – this is about as long as large scale commercial seaweed harvesting has been occuring.
We should stop this industry until is proven that mechanical seaweed harvesting does not damage the environment and is not dangerous to the ecosystem or our health – that is good science.
The Norwegian broadcasting service – nrk, has just published an article about the banning of fishing for blue halibut and crabs in an area extending from the lofoten islands to Bodø because of toxins found in the animals – dioxins,pcbs and heavy metals.
Another article talks about release of heavy metals inland of that area, slipping into a big fjord, from a mining operation – wonder if the two are connected?
Here in Hustad ive been getting a number of cod with black, or very dark brown livers – naaah, surely not – no poisoning here. of course i would feel a lot safer if i know the seweed beds were undisturbed – but the sea bed has been raked bare in the area – there is nothing here to remove any toxins
We have found any amount of scientific papers concerned with seaweed removing poisons and many other substances from the sea – there is even a suggestion that the damage caused by the atom bombs on muraroa atoll has been cleared up by this amazing plant – so take it read – any mess that mankind puts in the sea will eventualy be dealt with by the system that exists there – just as it does on land, but far better. the major problem is our inteferance.
Seaweed harvesting on the Norwegian coast is supposedly regulated by a commitee of experts in their field – marine biologists and such – i am no marine biologist but i can read and do read a large amount of papers put out by scientists on the internet concerning the sea and seaweed – they all tell me the same thing – NO ONE KNOWS THE LONG TERM EFFECTS OF SEAWEED TRAWLING ON THE ECOSYSTEM.
Many of us have a feeling of doom when we think about a company, one of a group of companies who have been found guilty of nearly every crime any major corporation or company can be found guilty of, and for that has recieved record fines in nearly every case, this company is being allowed to remove seaweed not only on the Norwegian coast but on many others worldwide. FMC biopolymers.
FMC CORPORATION is involved in nearly every dirty industry it is possible for a company to be involved with. it has been found guilty of many kinds of pollution including radiation, cyanide,phosphorous and more and yet here they are blithely taking up seaweed on the Norwegian coast – they say it is in the region of 180,000 tons per year – unfortunately even the fiskerie direkoratet dosent know if that is dry or wet weight – if it is dry then we are talking about 3 times that. Fmc tells us that seaweed on the norwegian coast is healthy – not anyone else – fmc the company that harvests the stuff, and yet they have requested and got permission to harvest in nature reserves – if the seaweed was growing healthily then that would not be necesary – so who can you ask, how can you find out? Fmc says thay harvest .3% hang on a mo, 5,000 kilometres of coast 10% would be 500 km, 1% would be 50 km, half of that 5 km and yet they harvest along the entire length of the coast where seaweed grows. Something funny there.
Strangely enough ive got a document from a irish researcher that says FMC is harvesting between 15 and 20% – that sounds a bit more like it. So what are the possible environmental consequences of that. A big winter storm and than a major environmental problem.
It is a wild and picturescue place surrounded by mountains and sea – and full of wildlife. Having observed large trawlers greedily grubbing on the seabed near to land with huge steel dredges I felt outraged and puzzled – why was this allowed – why was Norway who prided itself so much on its nature allowing this OUTRAGE. Didnt people know about the delicate ANIMALS that lived there, didnt they know about the BIRDS that lived off the animals there – the FISH that only bred there – the FISH that lived ONLY there, DIDNT THEY CARE!!!
I met Johan a local farmer, fisherman who felt the same – we studied the boats and got the maps – soon enough we found out where and when they were allowed (what a contentious issue). Then i began the internet research —
Fmc companies are also responsible for a number of contaminated sites worldwide, contaminants include radiation and solvents. (For more information see BERTRAMS BLOG on this site)
The procedure used to harvest the seaweed on the Norwegian coast requires the removal of the seaweed before it is fully mature (it takes 6 to 9 years before full biological diversity is restored – the weed is harvested every 4 to 5 years) This is mainly because some of the organisms intefere with the production and extraction of alginate. in other words there is a systematic attempt to reduce the amount of wildlife on the Norwegian coast. FMC has access to Norways BIRD RESERVES.
It appears that Fmc was given a record fine for fraud – FMC Corp. settles whistleblower lawsuit on Bradley Fighting Vehicles for $13
October 8, 1996 — FMC Corp., a diversified manufacturing company that makes the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, has agreed to pay the federal government $13 million to settle a whistleblower case. It is the largest civil judgment that has ever been won in a government fraud case in northern California. The lawsuit charged FMC deceived the government and deliberately inflated by millions of dollars costs for which it was entitled to be reimbursed by the U.S.
Army. The deception increased the price tag for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, an armored vehicle used in the Gulf War, which the government paid FMC $1.1 billion to produce from 1991 to 1994. The cost of other weapon systems that the Chicago-based corporation produced for the Pentagon also was affected.
Robert Neargarder, a mid-level manager in the company’s Ground Systems division in San Jose, filed the lawsuit under the False Claims Act in April 1995 in U.S. District Court in San Jose. The False Claims Act allows private citizens to sue, on behalf of the federal government, companies that are defrauding taxpayers. Guilty defendants can be ordered to pay the government three times its losses plus penalties.
Wow that is heavy stuff – wonder what more i can dig up – hmm.
Tare tråling occurs every 4 to 5th year (some reports indicate even less)- we have papers that indicate it takes up to 9 years for the seaweed to recover full growth here.
There are indications that some of the epiphytes growing on the plant stems intefere with the alginate extraction – so it would be reasonable to presume that is why immature plants are harvested – they only take so little (.3% according to fmc) so it is reasonable to assume that this is why they are active over such a large area.
Taken to an extreme this means that FMC is targetting some animal specis and doing this along the length of the norwegian coast where seaweed grows in sufficient quantities – so lets be clear on this – the Norwegian government appears to be allowing one company to actively destroy some specis of animals along the norwegian coast – is that morally correct?
Some of the FMC group of companies have been responsible and are responsible for considerable environmental pollution, have been caught out operating cartels to increase profit (and fined heavily for that) a dneven fraud,and the Norwegian government is trusting them with its nature?
A little bird has been whispering in my ear that FMC is no longer going to have permission to harvest seaweed at Runde after the unprecedented damage to the infrastructure caused by last winters storms following the removal of seaweed. Apparently moves are also afoot to stop seaweed trawling in the big bird reserve.
There are also other places where damage has occured after seaweed harvesting
Does this mean that the government is beginning to take a serious look at seaweed trawling and at FMC in particular?
“We have dialog with FMC Biopolymer and they are well aware of that there will be changes in the future and they are open for cultivation idea. We have several IMTA pilot project going on with Sintef, IMR, NTNU and the second largest fish farmer in Norway, Lerøy.” This is part of a reply from Belona one of Norways environmental organisations.
FMC told us that cultivation was not on the agenda – that seems to have changed – “changes in the future” – does that mean that taretråling is going to stop or be severly curtailed? Let us hope so. it is the only environmentaly responsible action.