Category: Facts & findings

Strict control of seaweed harvesting on the Norwegian coast

This is the area where seaweed harvesting on the norwegian coast is allowed.

This is from the Fiskeriedirektoratets website

taretråling feldt fiskeridir

South of this area there is limited growth – if this is due to previous overharvesting we do not know.

North of the area we have information that there is little seaweed due to the predation of sea urchins.  We have information that seaweed harvesting can lead to this.


There is supposedly strict regulation of this – we found that there are forbidden areas – we felt that as there was no monitoring of the activity of the trawlers we should do some – the resulting prosecution took over 18 months to go through the courts despite attempts to block the process and procrastination by the police – we understand that one of the policemen concerned is under investigation by another force.  We have video evidence.

What a beautiful world – sold to big business.

Today i filmed the seaweed dredgers in Hustadvika – they are now scraping the sides of the bay.

Having coffee with a friend an hour or so later his daughter came rushing in to say that the Farstad River was full of dead fish and the mattilsynet were down by the river in  force.  I wondered why i had seen such a large group of people.


The river is tidal at the lower end.


About 3 weeks ago we contacted the Mattilsynet about fish with damaged livers – we were told it was normal – we also contacted marine biologists at Nina who said the same.  We spoke to the fiskeriedirektoratet who told us this was definatly not normal.

So now salmon, trout and other fish have been found dead in one of the rivers leading to Hustadvika bay – the liver samples i delivered to the mattilsynet i was asked to remove as they did not have the competance to anylise them.

Nor did Nifes.   Mattilsynet said.





Fiskarlag at Ålesund

Johan and i have just been down to Ålesund to see Ole martin Sorthe, the leader of the møre and romsdal fiskelaget.


We were met quite cordially and offered coffee by OM Sorthe.

i wanted to present the information we had found on the state of the seas and the documents relating to the taretråling we had with us – i think Mr Sorthe has reached his full intrest level in Taretråling a long time ago and much preferred swopping yarns with Johan to listening to more facts, figures and papers.

But none the less in the hour long meeting – without coffee – he was presented with a nice binder, complete with videos and documents and did listen to some of the documents i presented to him even though he was keen to show his lack of interest  by rolling his eyes, sighing heavily and looking at the cieling.

Is it going to go anywhere?  That i cannot say but we have presented information beyond heresay and possibly sown a seed.


Normally the fishing trips i undertake from Hustadvika lead to catches in the 20 to 30kg region – this is about 3 to 5 times a month.  So the fishing is generally good.

Since before christmas the cod have been turning up with black livers – the taretrawlers have been in the area that long.

The previous trip took me out to all the places i normally fish and nothing, not even a bite.

Yesterday i went some 12 kilometres out – fishing all the way and not even a bite – finally i got to the most famous mark in the area and had 1 fish.  Others are remarking the same.

There is some activity on long lining but that is very limited.

So yes definatly taretråling is removing our fish.  The question is – will they come back?

Illegal Taretråling (mechanical seaweed harvesting)

Many people have told us they have seen the taretrawlers fishing illegally, miljøvernforbund has told us they have tried to get  several cases under way but have been unsuccesful.

We have suceeded.  the case took over a year – during this time we were visited on 2 occasions by the police asking us if we were sure of our facts – both times we told them, dont ask us – look at our pictures and videos.

Over a year passed, finally we asked permission to call the police to find out what was happening.

We recorded the conversation and sent it to the authorities – the case quickly came to a conclusion and we were told that the policeman concerned was under investigation by another force.

Fmc biopolymers and 2 taretrawler skippers got a fine.  Not very much but it made them guilty of a crime – that actually by dictionary definition makes them criminals.


Speaking to the Kristiansund paper Tidens krav( today we were told that FMC biopolymers said that it would criminalise them if they were made to fit ais sattelite tracking to their boats – that is so  their position can be verified at any time. Hmm theyve been found guilty of illegal fishing – they have been found guilty of a crime – that by dictionary defenition makes them criminals –

They also said that if they were made to fit ais then all other boats of a similar size should have them too.  I rather think that the only boats that should by law have tracking are those involved in activities that require exact positioning – now i wonder what boats that would refer to?

We believe that if the true situation was revealed  about taretråling in Norway then like in other lands it would be stopped very quickly.



Places where the marine life is too polluted to eat on the norwegian coast.

Miljøstatus / Tema A – Å / Hav og kyst / Miljøgifter langs kysten / Fisk og sjømat du ikke bør spise

I en del fjorder, havner og innsjøer er innholdet av miljøgifter så høyt at det kan være helseskadelig å spise fisk og skalldyr herfra.

Polluted coastline.

An article on nrk detailed the landing of Blåkveite and shellfish had been made illegal from Lofoten to Bodø, that is quite a way. 

My recent contacts with the mattilsynet over black and green fish livers revealed a number of papers on related subjects, one in particular was most interesting it listed places where one should not eat seafood from – ill post the link later – but the list was very long and went from Oslo to Lofoten – WHAAAAAT – thats nearly the whole coast.

So lets get this straight.

The Norwegian state allows seaweedharvesting along the entire coast – we know that for instance fish catches have been dropping drastically in many places – we know that fish young are very much tied to seaweed forests – so are the young of many other types of animals and plants – we also know that seaweed cleans the sea – we have scientific papers to show this – and yet the Norwegian state still allows it to continue.

Poisoned fish – well you can eat them —–

Contact with the mattilsynet has revealed an article on fish livers and why one should not eat them.

Great so it appears the fish are full of dioxins and other substances – so i was right – the fish are sick.



mattilsynet fiske lever


So lets get this clear.  Our sea fish are poisoned with dioxins and other chemicals – seaweed cleans the sea

well we have many more articles on this.

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.

Is that simply insane or what???



Empty seaweed forest.

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.

TT outside dramatic searchlight waves rocks adj


tt outsdie heavily laden dramatic adj



TT farstadstranda near land adj

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.


Stalks and leaves showing no epiphytes adj                                                                               tare i ice i bathavn ingen epiphyter adj   tare washed up on inside of hustadvika island adj


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.






Sick fish?

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

Severly damaged liver from a cod caught at hustadvika

liver from a cod caught at hustadvika

Liver 6 adj liver 7 asdj

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.

So we live in a valley, some 7 kilometres long by 4 kilometres wide – we have many farms, most of them use roundup and other chemicals – we know these have an effect on nature and some like Roundup are proven carcinogens   these are washed from the land into our rivers and streams – some like the hustadriver were famed for salmon – further on roundup —-        in the sea it would normally go through a natural filtration system – which removes so many chemicals, but the state has seen fit to sell this to an american company.

The big question is – do we trust the state enough to watch out for us over this?

We have contacted the mattilsynet  – sent them pictures – we are allready in contact with the fiskerie direktoratet.

The Mattilsynet says it is normal for cod to be like this and the fish are safe to eat – wonder why then the seagulls refused their normal meal?