Facts & findings

Empty Seaweed Forest


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

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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 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.

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 – right next stop politicians to see if they can and are willing.

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