Category: Bertrams blog

Faults, problems and downright lies

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.

poisoned sea

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.

the article   –   http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nordland/1.10841583

 

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

 

Has it just begun?

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.

 

 

Fraud – FMC, no never

It appears that Fmc was given a record fine for fraud – FMC Corp. settles whistleblower lawsuit on Bradley Fighting Vehicles for $13
million

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.

Project

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?

Little bird

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.

Nyhet

Slow begynnelsen – men det synes å være et skifte i tenkningen.

Flere og flere artikler og nyheter programmer på muligheten for integrert havbruk – som vokser tang – miksing at med fiskeoppdrett, høres flott, men som vanlig er det mange av Iffs og buts.

Samlet det ser ut som havet er i virkelige problemer – overfiske – for mye forurensning og en generell mangel på kunnskap og framsyn – faktisk en god del av informasjonen vi har på sjøen er produsert av selskaper som søker noen måte å utnytte det naturen er gi oss – det synes for meg at vi trenger en slags super kroppen – uten buisness tilkoblinger, statlig finansiert og med mandat til å undersøke hav og natur generelt for fremtidige generasjoner.
Hvert land med en kystlinje bør bidra og i direkte forhold til størrelse og lengde av kystlinjen sin. Dette er den eneste måten vi kan faktisk gjøre noen bruk og fornuftig ut av hva som skjer.

Innleggene her detalj hva tang gjør i sjøen, detalj de farene ved høsting metoder som er i bruk på den norske kysten. De detalj hva andre land mener av disse metodene – de også detaljer i en liten vei hva som har skjedd med andre land der tang høsting har vært ukontrollert. det handler om katastrofer og likevel næringen her i Norge rett og slett shrugs sine skuldre og sier – “. weve vært høsting på denne måten i 60 år uten problemer” Det er ingen tvil om at det store problemet her er ikke rett og galt, men av penger og hvor lenge kysten kan opprettholde dette konstant drenering av sine mest verdifulle ressurs.

Informasjonen på dette nettstedet er fra veldokumenterte kilder – fra institusjoner som er rett og slett forskningsinstitusjoner og andre upåklagelige kilder – så hvorfor er det ingen som gjør noe?

Er det virkelig mulig at hver gang noen av disse spørsmålene oppstår vedkommende selskap har et svar som er akseptabel for alle, eller er det noe annet som skjer?

Jeg tror det siste ellers ikke ville oppstått konstant press nå for å blande fisk heving og kultur av tang. Jeg er ingen marinbiolog, men jeg hører konstant advarsler fra mine kontakter at ting har virkelig endret seg de siste 20 årene i sjøen, og det er som forårsaker stor bekymring. Som angår har ennå ikke blitt tatt opp av polititians så jeg lurer på om det er på grunn av press fra tang høsting industrien – “Holde dem av ryggen for en liten stund ennå – vi har noen virkelig interessante forslag.”

Hvis det er tilfelle så mine innlegg her er helt riktig og bør gi god grunn til alarm – hvor mye penger som tang høsting bringer er colossal – ingen kommer til å gi det opp lett.

Bare reflektere – hva slags argiculture i hele verden er i stand til å høste uten planting??

Hvis de beste alginater koste opp til 180 dollar per gram – per last på opp til 130 tonn kan gi flere tusen kilo alginater – hver båt kan gjøre tre turer per dag – at jeg vet ikke de eksakte tallene, men jeg har blitt fortalt at aløginate industrien i Norge blir over mer enn hele landbruket produksjon av landet, per år.

Taretråling langs norskekysten

Vi bor på vestkysten av Norge. Det er et vilt og vakkert sted omgitt av fjell og hav – og fullt av dyreliv.

Etter å ha observert store trålere grådig raking på havbunnen nær land med store stål raker. Følte jeg raseri og fortvilelse- hvorfor ble dette tillatt – hvorfor var Norge som er så stolt av sin natur at dette tillates. Visste ikke folk vet om de delikate DYR som bodde der, vet de ikke om de fuglene som lever av dyrene der – fisken som bare avles der – fisken som levde bare der. Bryr de seg ikke!!!

Jeg møtte Johan en lokal bonde, fisker som følte det samme – vi studert båtene og fikk kartene – snart nok fant vi ut hvor og når de fikk lov (hva en omstridt sak). Da jeg begynte internett forskning.

Det jeg fant var virkelig skremmende – men dette nettstedet er ikke ment å være en konspirasjonsteori side- hjemmet til falske dokumenter produsert av fruktbare fantasi uten vitenskapelig fakta eller bakgrunnen. Dette er ment for seriøse forskere og for de som har en interesse, men har ingen anelse hvor du skal lete eller er uvitende av hva som skjer. Som for alarmerende fakta langs et felles tema – de vil bli markert – noen ut – men de grunnleggende dokumentene vil være vises i sin helhet av linker – mengden av informasjon er så stort at det meste er tapt i den generelle massen av Internet Information.

Våre ressurser er flere – noen er offentlige papirer, andre fra universiteter, store buisinesses – nyheter er en annen kilde og det er mange, men til slutt og kanskje vår viktigste kilde er fra fremstående forskere som arbeider i feltet. Med mindre de ber om det de vil forbli anonym som de angjeldende selskapene med tang innhøstingen er sjalu.