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Is the eu sponsoring the destruction of marine habitats?

This advertisment appeared in the Norwegian Newspaper vårtland a few days ago.

My coullegues picked it up at once – ALGINOR and yes it is about the exploitation of our Norwegian seaweed beds of laminaria hyperborea or stor tare.

The advertisment mentions a share sale – the date of the paper is the 21 of august 2019 – the date of the closure of the sale is the 23rd so the buyer has 2 days in which to make up his or her mind – that is just a little unusual

so we did a little internet research – first page

The first thing is that the Norwegian environmental group Bellona is involved

We contacted them with reference to seawedtrawling many years ago – they replied that they could not comment as they had been working with fmc (the seaweed trawling company) on cultivation projects.

 

This is the wicki article on the leader of Bellona Fredrik Hauge.

In an nrk article he mentioned that it was much better working from the inside than fom the outside as he has been in the past.

it says that Bellona has adopted a very pragmatic method of working in the environmental protectionism world – they work with rather than against the companies concerned – fact is this may probably be the best way of solving many of these serious environmental issues but by supporting the proposed share sale it is not working for the environment but trying to sponsor its destruction.

This is Bellonas part of the Alginor website

Yes it says that Bellona will be working with the seaweed harvesting companies to try to limit the ecological damage it does

Heyy, wait a bit “with a common goal of a sustainable kelp harvesting industry”

That implies that it is not so now because if it was they would not need to “assist”

We know that Bellona employs many budding marine biologists so they would know what effect it is having on our marine ecosystems and yet it is ignoring this because every independant research paper we have read clearly shows the effect on the environment this industry is having.

Further we are not alone having been joined by large groups in Scotland and Ireland who are in agreement over this issue.

This has also been under the spotlight of such personages as Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough

Another interesting little addition to the front page of the Algea website is the eu sponsorship

They have been given 1.9 million euros so far (for the destruction of our marine habitats???)

 

Following the various leads it is based on a organization called Horizon 2020 – they say they have 7 billion euros to give out to innovative and important projects

Our current information concerning the harvesting of laminaria hyperborea on the Norwegian coast is that the industry is finding it difficult (in spite of frequent statements on the good health of Norwegian seaweed) to find enough raw material – further we know that FMC/DUPONT imports seaweed from Chile and other south American lands (peru was omitted from that list after we pointed out that it banned all forms of seaweedharvesting in 2008 – but note only omitted ) their seaweed beds must also be having problems.

Many councils here after more reports, decided to change the harvesting frequencies from 4 years to 8 years – that would seriously affect the industry too, so investment would seem a little strange at this moment.

We are trying to contact the eu concerning this and will post as soon as we have a reply.

 

 

 

 

Eu Promoting Ecocide

A great deal of the confusion behind science is due to  long words and complicated verbal structures.

This is confusion is often used by  industries to cover the activities they dont want the public or politicians to know about .

These documents are from the eu, a organization called Net Algae.  The purpose of this organization is to assist seaweed harvesting, to be precise ,commercial seaweed harvesting in all its forms.

It is quite clear that this organization understands the  impact this industry is having on our ecologies.

This is from the document on their website giving an overview of the commercial harvesting activities in the many eu lands.

Filieres_12p_UK (netalgae with overview of European seaweed harvesting)

One of the first things is says is this

Essentially – it is that seaweed is a  keystone species on which a great deal of nature and wildlife depend, and that some countries are concerned enough to protect their marine forests.

Further – it says in the next paragraph how concerned marine biologists are with the damage the seaweed harvesting industry is inflicting on the environment – this is a little disturbing in itself as it plays down the damage caused – especially as it is clearly documented in many papers, they should be very aware of these major papers.

Here is a document entitled projects, produced by Net Algae –  it says it thinks seaweed harvesting in all its forms is a very undervalued business and will help any company or organization wanting to pursue commercial harvesting.

Further it says it can help overcome any environmental or local governmental objections

Yes it says first of all that it wants to bring together environmentalists and policymakers(businesses) , but the big question is why bother, if their stated aim is to harvest under any circumstances as they well know the environmental consequences.  Perhaps they hope to impress the environmentalists of the importance of modern economics?

Here is the front page of the document concerned

 

It uses incredibly obtuse and dense language – as such it can be interpreted in several ways – however we think we have the gist of it.

Frankly when you consider the budget of over 1 million euros to encourge the scraping and destruction of marine habitats over a massive area the eu seems to be breaking its own laws on natural resources.

we wrote to them asking if they knew of any negative consequences of seaweed harvesting, they did not reply –

 

Even state documents from the UK, Ireland and Scotland on the feasibility of seaweed harvesting – that is documents promoting the industry, say that commercial mechanical  harvesting is not sustainable – the Irish paper is signed by 45 international marine biologists and other scientists

Here is a little snip   – it talks about biased reports and the sea bed becoming a desert from repeated mechanical harvesting of the type currently employed on the norwegian coast.

Biased Norwegian reports

Ref Biased Norwegian reports – there is only one reference we can find on the internet which indicates that the damage to the sea floor and marine habitat is minimal and that is on the website of FMC biopolymer, now DU PONT – it is interesting to note that it is unsigned – that is no marine biologist has verified the statements.  The site contains one link to an article which is signed but does not in any way say that harvesting is sustainable or eco friendly in fact it says the reverse.

https://stortare.no/   the dupont/fmc site.

and the “signed link”  http://www.imr.no/temasider/alger/tang_og_tare/nb-no

It is possible that the EU is Breaking its own laws in promoting this industry, it has ignored all indications that it is destroying the ecosystem even though they are clearly indicated in many official state papers.

It is interesting to note that the document Netalgae-Problematic is currently unavailable – perhaps they are sensitive to criticism.