The Tare trawlers 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.
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 seaweed 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.
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 – right next stop politicians to see if they can and are willing.