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One of the basic tenets in our society is trust.

We have a state supported by us – working to uphold our best interests, many of us work for big companies that often interreact with nature and thus our future – we trust that they are trustworthy enough to honour the effort and support we put in – after all it is in their interests as well as ours.

Around the 1900s in the usa a company  called undark employed mostly women painting the dials of watches with luminous paint – the company managers had special desks installed in their offices – these desks were lined with lead.

The girls hand painted the numerals – they were from all walks of life but mostly working class. They used fine paint brushes and were encouraged to lick the brushes to form a point.

After a little while the girls began getting ill, their teeth fell out, their bones began to decay – the paint they used was radium – the bosses knew, the girls died terrible deaths – the bosses got off scott free to run other businesses and lead “prosperous” lives.

How different is it now?

IN the 1920s a chemical called polytetrafleuroethiline was developed – for short ptfe – a major producer was du pont. This chemical showed remarkable properties, non stick properties, so it was tried on cookware – du pont decided to call it teflon.

Over the years this product has remained a market leader, in fact here in Norway it is very difficult to buy any cookware not coated with teflon.

Unfortunately the product is too good to be true – the fact is this material is horribly flawed and is still on sale only because of the power of this company and its supporters.

When it reaches a critical temperature it produces a gas called perfleuroisobutene – this is actually in section 2 of the chemical weapons register – the temperature is easily reached on an ordinary stove. It does not kill because there is one enough on a frying pan, but there is more than enough to kill any pet birds in the area. This is well known – the Du pont website even mentions teflon flu but plays it down so that people are not alarmed.

There is another chemical found in Teflon – this is used by Du pont to hide the true nature of the product – this is called perfluooctanoic acid (pfoa) this is the one that gathers most publicity and can be dealt with by the company when in confrontation.

Stopptt is kept well informed by individuals both here in Norway and other countries – yes there is a serious resistance to the powerful organizations so heavily involved with our lives – this resistance is not something taken lightly – there is a process – reading articles – talking with others finding out the truths these companies are so eager to hide. Then spreading the word.

Unfortunately these companies understand that we are reliant on the system and that starts with the freedom of the press – so the press is often under serious pressure not to take these cases up.

   This says the Norwegian press often censors articles which are connected with foreign business interests.   Certainly applies to seaweed trawling.

Fmc the company that does the seaweed trawling on the norwegian coast has been using the press to promote its product in the last few years, regular articles on how healthy seaweed is, how good it is for us

Have you ever noticed how many of these products are pushed at us every day – here is one which is actually rather funny because the name Soylent came from a book, later a film where a kind of protein brick was given to the starving population.  It was supposed to be made of plankton but our hero discovered that the seas were dead, nothing lived there – the Bricks were made of protein allright, human protein.

  this says how wonderful the American superfood is

– The publicity behind seaweed has been intense, now we can report why ———

FMC is for sale and has been bought here in Norway by Du Pont –

This is where Unndark – the radium Girls come in – the big companies are still doing it – we have been fooled by smoking for many years, we still are, or rather a lot of us are – what else are we being fooled about???

It is time for this to stop.

Looking at those “cool people”, smoking outside one should realise that they know the consequences – but they are not protected by the state, the state is not strong enough even though the cost of the sicknesses caused by this product is born by the state and everybody else.   Recently a friend spent some time at a lung hospital here in Norway he told me that all the patients there were sick from smoking and that they went outside with their drips on trolleys to smoke.

But how can we stop this? We are only individuals and cannot make anyone  do anythying.

We start with ourselves – now you know about Teflon – you throw away your Teflon pans – you tell your friends, you talk with politicians tell them how you feel.– you look around and if there is anything you dont like, you investigate – there is a growing awareness in our society – people are slowly becoming involved – not in the way the state wants but in our own way – for ourselves for our children – the state works for us – not Du pont or any other corporation but every so often it needs reminding of this.

One last little thing – here on the Norwegian coast a great many people have protested about Taretråling (seaweed trawling) they see the effects. To our knowledge at least 7 councils have complained to the state – the replies from the state contain a chilling response – “We own the rights to the seaweed forests, we can do as we please” This begs the question WHO DOES THE NORWEGIAN STATE WORK FOR?

Significant movement. Our Brochure.

Just recently our brochure has at last been published.

It is not intended as an attack on individuals in the industry but as a dissemination of facts.

Fortunately for us we have already had some of the facts criticized and have borne up well.

Everything in this brochure can be verified by scientific papers or well sourced reports from reputable and reliable sources.


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Havsforskningsinstituttet – Norways state owned sea research organization.

Just found a video on you tube – it is from the Havsforskningsinstituttet – essentially it says that they are going to do research on taretråling so they can tell if it has any effects on the environment and ecology.

It was posted 3 months ago.

What is so fascinating about this is that all the research has been done – in 2002 or earlier – the research they are talking about was discussed at length at the last taretråling meeting 2 years ago in Trondheim.  They told us then  they have all the results they need. We filmed the meeting too

Well so do we – we’ve read the documents.

However this is a little uncoordinated –



Current situation

Norways coast is being trawled for seaweed. Every part that can be trawled is being trawled.

We know that bottom trawling re distributes pollutants such as pcbs which are normally taken up by bottom sediment.

These pollutants are redistributed in the food chain and are ultimately ingested by us – these chemicals are cancer and other disorder causing.

We know that seaweed removes sediment from water and that the plants absorb dangerous chemicals – and many other pollutants including large amounts of nitrogen and co2.

The information on this is hidden behind simple statements such as “we only harvest .03% – there is so much that we cannot possibly make any difference and so forth. These statements cannot be verified – worse they are accepted by politicians and researchers without question.

However our seabirds are dying – many of the bird reserves that have been opened for trawling have empty colonies – we have 1 paper on the effects of seaweed trawling on cormorants (skarv) it says that after trawling the birds cannot survive because there is not enough food in the sea. There are no other papers we know of about. Possibly the main reason being negative publicity for the industry followed by restrictions on the type of research state organizations are allowed to undertake on grounds of economic influences.

Trawling in norway is undertaken by one company FMC biopolymers – it is part of an american corporation FMC corp that has received world record fines for fraud – pollution, price fixing cartels and worse. It is responsible for the manufacture of Carborufan or furadan one of the most environmently destructive insecticides ever produced – it has been used to decimate large predator populations such as lions, hyenas – birds of prey and other animals and yet the Norwegian state is happy to allow this one company a complete monopoly.

A year ago fmc proudly announced that every one of its seaweed trawlers would be fitted with tracking devices so that the controversial question of trawlers harvesting in areas closed to harvesting would be solved – to date 8 out of the 14 known trawlers have had this ais tracking fitted.  We are kept well informed by other organizations and individuals – so it is no surprise to learn that there has been alleged illegal harvesting in an area where the effluent from a factory processing radioactive material is known to flow – however we have been unable to verify this report.

There are 2 types of tracking. One is the standard marine tracking which all boats over a certain size have to have fitted – all the trawlers have this but it seems every one has turned it off so no public tracking is possible – the other system which cannot be turned off is only tracked by the fiskeriedirektoratet who are the regulating body.

We have caught one boat illegally fishing and in spite of attempts by the police to delay and subvert the process it was successful.

The second attempt by a colleague on the island of Runde is being bitterly fought by FMC biololymers who have denied the charge.

We have successfully managed to get the boats prosecuted under marine laws as the boats after harvesting are often grossly overloaded – this has led to a attack on one of our observers so it is quite clear it is having an effect. 

However the skippers and seamen involved should be grateful to us as those regulations are there to protect their lives – overloaded ships are dangerous to other ships and those onboard.  

Environmental activism.

Part of Environmental activism is about following closely the activities of your target and logging their activities, then contacting the authorities and using the law to prosecute any infringement of the environment you think may be taking place.

Any company operating in the environment should be happy for you to do this as it would be a clear bonus to them if they are found to be operating legally, it also sharpens managers and operatives so they are more aware.  This is a plus on every side.

If they are doing something illegal it will sooner or later cost them far more when the environmental damage or in this case overloading comes to light in an disastrous way.

This is what a laden taretråwler looks like – we felt it was dangerous so we reported it to the

Sjøfartsdirektoratet  in Ålesund complete with videos, time, and geographical information.  A prosecution ensued.


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This is what an unladen taretråwler looks like

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The address is

Sjøfartsdirektoratet Ålesund

Kongensgate 25

6002 Ålesund


For more details contact us at 95093533



How can you do something constructive to help?

Taretråling is conducted by a Norwegian run, American owned company – They have every freedom needed to operate a massive seaweed trawling business on the coast, however there are limits regulated by the Directorate of Fisheries.  These limits are supposed to conserve some of the wildlife otherwise destroyed by the trawlers activities so it is vital they are adhered to.

These limits are set out here

Fiskeriedir home page

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The page concerned is marked with an arrow and underlined

On that page you will see this


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click on tare høstefelt and you will have the areas where taretråling, or seaweed trawling is allowed.

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when the map has been selected you can use the mouse wheel to enlarge the picture such as here, you can also left click and hold down to drag the map across the screen to expose new areas.

Taretråling areas marked

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The hatched areas are where they are allowed to harvest.  The code in each area signifies the year they are allowed to harvest in that area.

so for instance a trawler fishing in the hatched area on this map would be harvesting legally – in the clear or unhatched area – ilegaly and thus subject to fines and other penalties.

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If the boats are fishing in the areas marked as non fishing zones you will require video or photographs and clear land or sea marks so the position can be clearly triangulated.

We have successfully managed a prosecution because we had a line of markers clearly in our video – on one side it was legal, on the other illegal.

Once you have this information you need to contact the fiskeriedirektoratet

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contacts with other groups. TAKING CHARGE.

Slowly the quality and quantity of contacts with other organizations are growing.

The most important part of Environmentalism is information and its free use.  Once you have understood where and how your contacts stand then some really useful work can begin.

An article in Miljøvernforbunds                                                                                                                       magazine MILJØ MAGASINET

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was pointed out to us – It was about seaweed tråwling or taretråling – one of the major points was that large amounts of seabirds disappear when Taretråling is done in the area – permanently too it seems.

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We have contacted  the Norwegian ornithological organization   about this but they dont seem to be interested – weve spoken to many major ornithologists but their attitude seems to be – “WE ARE THE EXPERTS , AND WE DONT SEE ANYTHING UNUSUAL.”      In other words they own the ornithological world and what they say goes.

It seems that the same is happening here

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An expert from the havasforsknings institut of Norway has said that there is no evidence that seismic testing affects sealife – so many people have been doing internet research and come up with very prestigious articles to the contrary .  It seems that Havsforsknings institut thinks they own information and can interpret it how they like to influence such matters.

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This is just my comments but there are beginning to be many more with links –

In the scientific world it is reputation that is the most important thing  – our marine biologists and scientists are aware of this – it must be very frightening to have to please 2 masters at the same time.

How important are our seaweed forests??



Naturgrunnlag og fiskeri henger sammen


Stortare. Foto: Øystein Paulsen

Stortare. Foto: Øystein Paulsen

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Det var for så vidt noe vi visste, men vi ble fascinert da Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning (NIVA) og Fiskeridirektoratet la fram sine rapporter om naturgrunnlaget i sjø og fiskeri sist torsdag. Foto: Øystein Paulsen



Hartvig Christie fra NIVA

Hartvig Christie fra NIVA fortalte engasjert om produksjonen  i havet. Han  la spesielt vekt på de store tareskogområdene som  leverer store mengder næring og energi til både dypområdene og til strandsonen. Mengden såkalt biomasse som produseres i tareskogene i nasjonalparkområdene er beregnet il 60 000 tonn hvert år. Det gir mat og næring – hele året, ikke bare som plantemateriale men også med store mengder snegler og krepsdyr som i neste tur er mat for fisk. Tareskogene leverer økosystemtjenester som blant annet er viktig for fiskeriene. Det er grunn til å tro at tareskogene ut Jomfruland er svært viktige for produksjonen av reke i dypområdene utenfor. Rekefisket er bærebjelken i fiskeriene på Telemarkskysten.

Gunnar Larsen fra Fiskeridirektoratet

Gunnar Larsen fra Fiskeridirektoratet hadde en god gjennomgang av ressursgrunnlaget for fiskeriene i Telemark og hvordan de utvikler deg, blant annet  i lys av klimaendringer og overgjødsling. Det foregår en omstrukturering i fiskeriene langs hele norskekysten med færre, men mer effektive fiskere og båter. Fiskeri er fortsatt viktig som næringsveg i både Kragerø og Bamble, selv om det nå foregår på annen måte enn for noen tiår siden. Nå er trålfiske etter reke det aller viktigste. Det gir også bifangster av sjøkreps, torsk og andre fiskeslag som er etterspurt. Fiske etter leppefisk  på grunne områder har blitt viktig de siste årene. Leppefisk er «manikyrer» som fjerner lakselus fra laks i oppdrettsanlegg på Vestlandet og i Trøndelag.

Just a little footnote – Our little group STOPPTT:COM has probably done more direct action about taretråling than any other environmental organization with several prosecutions under our belts – this is because we do research and spend time monitoring what is going on.
Over the next few years this issue will grow in importance and bigger organizations will become involved.  Until then remember that you can do something  – ask your political representatives what they know about this matter – find out if they have read any papers or just have been told – write on our facebook side or send us a message at  – every little helps.

Salmon farming and Taretråling

The norwegian coast is a marvellous habitat, full of inlets and fjords – however the activities of business has begun to have a serious impact.

Our Marine Biologists are paid to research the impact of such industries as Seaweed trawling and fish farming. Without positive results those industries would be shut down, or would they??


One burning issue that is beginning to appear now is that of regulatory capture – that is where the regulators later become involved in the businesses they were supposed to regulate.

The worst example is Fukoshima – the worlds worst nuclear disaster the effects of which will be felt all over the world as the cancer rates begin to rise.  It appears that the regulators were all promised and got jobs in the nuclear industry – the promise of a top job and excellent pay may be enough – an article from the bbc outlining this

Corrupt environmental agencies

So it appears that many of the leaders in Norway’s seafood industry have the same kind of background – for instance the man responsible for taretråling on the Norwegian coast was a regulation enforcer for the fiskeriedirektoratet for nearly 12 years.

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Does this mean that reports are being falsified or research not properly conducted???

Without any clear documented proof i would not like to say one way or the other but it is clear that there can be and is a conflict of interest.

I think an interesting demonstration of this of this is the ex fisheries minister Elisabeth Berg-Hansen.

Essentially she is the deputy chairperson of the havsforskningsinstitut, one of the organizations charged with overseeing the state of our oceans.

She  also according to the wicki article ( sits at the top of all the health advisory committees as well as all related research institutes)

Here is an article from the uk daily mail   (you need to double click on the jpeg to read it)  but essentially it says that an article in the American journal science suggested that farmed salmon from Scotland and Norway is so full of toxic chemicals that it should not be eaten more than once in 4 months – more frequently and it could lead to significant neurological damage and cancer.  I dont think it can be plainer than that.

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Now this is quite interesting but there is far worse      –   one of the chemicals used in fish farming in Norway is called diflubenzuron,

This is apparently regularly used around the fish farms here, is what a Norwegian fish farmer has to say about it (double click on the image to read it)

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Here is what the Canadian government has to say about Diflubenzuron It also says it should not be used near water or waterways – in Norway it is used in the sea – how can this be???Diflubenzoron canada

The eec also has something to say and its fuzzy as hell – not surprising really – however there are many other chemicals now in farmed salmon used by desperate salmon farmers,   many are banned and considered dangerous by other countries but not Norway – could it be because we have powerful politicians directing our health and research institutions??

Apparently Miljøvernforbund felt this too and here is a little snip from the wicki article Conflict of interest  (Again double click to read)

The really interesting part of the various articles is this – because the salmon are being fed animal material from other parts of the north sea many are full of pollutants already and thus are concentrated in the fish – heavy metals, pcbs and many other nasties.

Here is a last little snip about what is the result of this concentrated fish rearing.

Salmon farms dead zones


Should we be worried about dead zones, after all they are growing and multiplying rapidly – naaah, it wont effect us for a while(of course when it does its another matter)  no its the toxic algal blooms that should set the heart racing and worry the fish farmers – apparently the toxins become airbourne under certain conditions – that means youre actually breathing in a neurotoxin – from spray, mist or possibly even rain – so that essentially means you would get poisoned by going outside your home – can this be true???

Red tide lung problems FloridaThis is from an American newspaper and gives you facts.

So now we have really dangerous chemicals being added to the feed and water of farmed salmon okayed by a lady who sits on all the important committees, was the state secretary for fisheries and runs the biggest fish farming business in Norway – well there is far more to come –


Here is a very interesting document/book, it is called FOOD FROM THE OCEAN – Norway’s opportunities.


I find the initial premise a little frightening – by the year 2050 Norway should be feeding the world – it talks about  exploiting marine resources —-

“”Norway can indeed take the global lead in demonstrating best practices in economically and environmentally sustainable ways ” (of aquaculture production.)

A Norwegian led initiative is the European Joint program initiative for research on healthy and productive oceans – this sounds a great idea and something very valuable to our ecosystems – but apparently it is for the coordination and a greater degree of cooperation between the various research communities in Europe – further it says there are major benefits to be gained from the sharing of equipment and data.

This sounds very laudable but it also means the lowering of the potential damage independent research can do to a carefully structured story.  ie someone comes up with some research the results of which are contrary to your commercial interests you can do something about it.


This pdf document is quite interesting as it is a serious study of some of the chemicals used in salmon farming – it mentions pollution from copper and zinc under the salmon farms from the compounds used in anti fouling (i do know that some salmon farms have robots for cleaning the cages and nets and they are used continuously)  But no mention of the cadmium found in crustacea near to Elisabeth Berg-Hansens farms nor the use of diflubenzuron,



On this website i have put links to documents demonstrating that all is not well with our seas – that all is definatly not well with our leaders who are allowing some very desperate activities to take place – all in the interests of income – what i would dearly love is for someone to write to me and say – this document, or that document is wrong – INCORRECT – my conclusions are wrong – i want to be wrong – i would love to drop this campaigning as it does not earn me anything .  I know this site is well read so i can only conclude that i am not wrong, that my information is correct.






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The Bbc has recently produced several reports on documents detailing the state of our oceans.

Reading them it is clear they are in real trouble with many of the issues ive allready mentioned on our other website

In them is there no mention of seaweed harvesting – so i got in contact with the scientists concerned – to my surprise ive been asked for information – here are eminent marine biologists who have just written major documents on the state of our oceans asking me for information on what seaweed does and how much is harvested worldwide.

This leads me to some interesting thoughts – how is it possible that this kind of information is not well known – there is no joined up research? In fact is it possible that this kind of information is owned by the corporations concerned?

What i have read shows that seaweed binds co2 – in fact a figure has been put on the worlds seaweed – it binds over 30 million tons.  I have figures from the crown services document on seaweed cultivation that laminaria hyperborea removes approximately 480 tons of nitrogen per 20 square kilometres – i have papers that reveal that seaweed in general removes many chemical substances including tnt 5 times faster than terrestial plants – it is well known that every marine organism concentrates anything dissolved in the seas including heavy metal which is why it is so dangerous to eat fish from polluted areas, so why is this not in their calculations – why???

The most logical explanation is that if seaweeds role in maintaining our seas was revealed then they would be more valuable than any monetry value placed on them.  This could lead to a moratorium of the activities of companies such as fmc biopolymers who after all belong to a corporation guilty of some of the most grevious pollution commited anywhere, whoose greed is exemplified by world record fines for price fixing cartels – that is they conspired with other companies to fix prices of chemicals – that last sentence is probably the key.


Global warming is now not in question.  The phillipines and other natural disasters are increasing as predicted.

Major scientists are warning us that our seas are dying.  Can we afford in view of that to allow our seas and their ecology to be ravaged for a product that is mainly a food additive and by companies with such a dubious record when it is cultivated anyway?


Just a last little comment – i have just been watching a video about a man whose child was taken from him by the uk social services – his investigation shows that there is a huge money making business involved – with consultants getting huge fees, homes getting incredible sums for looking after these children – the ramifications go right into parliament, the press is being censored– if this can happen then what is a little fooling with statistics and figures to a big international company.