Category: Facts & findings

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?



What got us started?

We live on the west coast of Norway.

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 —

What i found was truly alarming – but this site is not intended to be a conspiracy theory site – the home of spurious documents produced by fertile imaginations with no scientific fact or background. This is meant for serious researchers and for those who have an interest but have no clue where to look or are unaware of what is happening. One company has the right to harvest on the Norwegian coastline using trawler dredges.  FMC biopolymers. This company is one of a group of 9 companies in the FMC CORPORATION Further research reveals that one of these companies produces an insecticide so poisonous that it is used in Tanzania to KILL LIONS.  The American food and drug administration has banned Furadan and yet this is what the company says Another is mining LITHIUM mainly used in the batteries of environmentaly friendly electric cars – this mining is causing PERMANENT ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE in one of the worlds most fragile Recently the fmc corp was fined 25 MILLION EUROS for operating a price fixing cartel –—parent-company-liability-test-applied-by-general-court-upholding-25-million-euro-fine-on-fmc-companies-in-hydrogen-peroxide-cartel.asp

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.

Papers also reveal that FMC S activities re seaweed harvesting is worldwide – one country FMC is involved with Peru, banned seaweed harvesting in 2008 but it still continues – Peru had a big dieback of marine mammals and birds in january 2012 – mainly due to starvation – possibly linked to the marine current el  ninjo but these animals also feed in the seaweed forests.

In fact the bird mentioned in this article display symptoms mentioned in this paper   THIS IS OUR FIRST VIDEO ON SEAWEED TRAWLING.  JOHANS VIDEO – Expressing his anger and how he feels on the subject.  THIS IS THE SECOND VIDEO –